National Fisherman

ROCKPORT — Governor Paul LePage told lobstermen at the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport Friday morning that he wanted to work with them "to help make your industry more prosperous" and that "you are the ones that make the governor's office strong."

LePage made his remarks during a brief visit with Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher to the annual meeting of the Maine Lobstermen's Association.

Shortly after LePage spoke, William Karp, science and research director for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service, announced to delighted fishermen that NOAA would continue to pay the cost of at-sea monitoring of the groundfish fleet for at least the next two years.

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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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