National Fisherman

BARRINGTON — Another bittersweet memorial service Thursday recalled the life of another of the five young men lost at sea Feb. 17 in a raging winter storm off Nova Scotia’s South Shore.

At 33, Billy Jack Tom Hatfield was the oldest of five Shelburne County fishermen who never returned from a halibut fishing trip when their vessel Miss Ally, out of Woods Harbour, capsized.

The funeral home in Barrington where the service was held was packed to overflowing, and it wasn’t hard to tell what kind of man Hatfield was.

If you had Billy Jack for a friend, you were fortunate indeed, said many.

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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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