National Fisherman

With just two months left in stone crab season, fishermen from Pine Island to the Everglades say they aren't catching much.

For Dalton Daffin and the crew of Yours and Mine, a 234 pound pull to the Ernest Hamilton Stone Crab Company was a bright spot in a bleak season.

"It's bad, not good, compared to last year," Daffin said.

In a good year, Everglades City Fish House manager Randy Montero ships up to 4,000 claws to his company's Miami restaurant each day.

This season, it's been about half of that.

"You could point fingers in 10 different ways, I mean, guys that have been doing this 30 years come up saying you don't know what's in the mind of the stone crab," said Montero.

The losses pile on the backs of 40 captains, crew and their families.

"You've got 7 months out of the year to make your livelihood and be able to sustain yourself and pay your bills - it's hard," Montero said.

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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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