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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Imports gaining

In this photo, a Panamanian crew stands aboard their newly built shrimp trawler completed at Desco yards at St. Augustine, Fla. At the time, the Florida firm was the nation’s largest exporter of fishing vessels.

Imports were making news too. In 1963 for the first time imports made up more than half the total supply (57 percent) of U.S. fishery products (domestic catch plus imports). According to Fishery Statistics for 1963, the increase was thanks to a decline of U.S. production in fish meal and rise in imported fish meal from Peru. Today, imports make up 91 percent of the seafood Americans eat. 

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 4/22/14

  • OSU study targets commercial fishing injuries
  • Delaware's native mud crab making recovery
  • Alaska salmon catch projected to drop 47 percent
  • West Coast groundfish fishery bill passes
  • Maine's scallop season strongest in years

Brian Rothschild of the Center for Sustainable Fisheries on revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act.

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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