National Fisherman

Since the dawn of underwater photography, researchers have been trying to capture the giant squid (Architeuthis) on film, but to no avail. Noisy, brightly lit submersibles kept the enormous creatures at bay. But now, smarter technology has enabled scientists — and the rest of the world — to finally glimpse giant squids in their natural habitats.

Edith Widder, an oceanographer specializing in bioluminescence, is the tech-savvy scientist who made this year’s Discovery Channel expedition to film the giant squid a success.

Widder’s research focuses on developing unobtrusive ways to observe underwater animals in their natural environments. She recently spoke at the TED 2013 Conference in Long Beach, Calif., where she explained how she and her fellow researchers were able to finally capture the elusive giant squid on film.

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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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