National Fisherman

An online petition is seeking to close the beleaguered Northeast Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester.

It points to remarks by Regional Administrator John Bullard, who said recently, "We set the rules and clearly the rules have failed. There's no other conclusion."

He was at a New England Fishery Management Council meeting, referring to the apparent collapse of cod and yellowtail flounder stocks, and the extreme cutbacks in quota in the fishing year starting May 1.

"We believe that just as there are consequences for failures in business, so too should there be consequences for failures in government," the petition states.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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