National Fisherman

The families of the five fishermen believed to have perished after their boat overturned off the coast of Nova Scotia in a storm are waiting to hear whether officials will launch a salvage operation on the boat.

The formal search for the five-member crew of the Miss Ally was called off Tuesday night after officials concluded there was little hope any of the men would have survived the rough seas and cold water. RCMP are now handling it as a missing persons case.

Cpl. Scott MacRae said several agencies are looking to see whether a salvage operation of the Miss Ally is safe.

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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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