National Fisherman

Just as big eat the little fish in the sea, Cape Cod's fishing fleet is being swallowed by larger pockets that are buying the available quota of cod and other catch.

Can the small family-owned boats survive or will the remaining fishermen wind up as sharecroppers for someone else's fleet?

"It would be nice to think if we wanted to go fishing we didn't have to work for anybody else but with consolidation it doesn't seem to be going that way," said Jason Amaru, who fishes ground fish put of Chatham.

Read the full story at Wicked Local Chatham>>

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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