National Fisherman


melissaNational Fisherman's Melissa Wood shares her stories as a writer and editor covering the U.S. fishing industry.




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California dreams

In the days before imported shrimp, Louisiana led U.S. states in volume with 761 million pounds — 16 percent of the U.S. catch. California was the leader in value with $49 million thanks to ports like Monterey (shown), which was home to a large number of seiners targeting sardines.

Farther down the California coast, San Pedro was the port with the most landings with 348 million pounds. While Alaska accounts for half of U.S. landings now, its rich waters made up just 8 percent of the catch in 1963.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live is a web video series featuring the latest fishing news, product information and industry analysis by our editors. In this episode:

  • Ruling favors commercial red snapper fishermen
  • Fishermen file suit over Texas oil spill
  • Florida gov. announces oyster recovery funding
  • Hatchery salmon were 36 percent of harvest
  • Maine's new elver rules delay season start

Inside the Industry

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is currently soliciting applicants for open advisory panel seats as well as applications from scientists interested in serving on its Scientific and Statistical Committee.


The North Carolina Fisheries Association (NCFA), a nonprofit trade association representing commercial fishermen, seafood dealers and processors, recently announced a new leadership team. Incorporated in 1952, its administrative office is in Bayboro, N.C.


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