National Fisherman

Massachusetts’ boats in 2011 landed nearly 14 million pounds of lobster.

While that’s a fraction of the 105 million pounds landed by boats in Maine, which used to use them as an illustration on automobile licence plates, Massachusetts’ second place in state lobster landings is secure.

So, why is it that national restaurant chains that offer American lobster tail dinners in their Massachusetts restaurants import spiny lobster tails sourced and imported from exotic locales such as the Gulf of Mexico, South Africa and Australia?

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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