National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — Three of the biggest problems in fisheries management in the Northeast will be tackled soon by a top-to-bottom review led by the UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology.

The effort is being spurred by the Federal Fishery Advisory Board created last year by U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass.

The board met Monday at the UMass Law School in Dartmouth to hear the outlines of the survey, which is trying to tackle some vexing issues that come up repeatedly during fishing regulatory decisions.

One is the matter of taking climate change into account when studying fish populations. It is not being done now, despite evidence that serious effects can happen with even minor changes in seawater temperature or salinity.

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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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