National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

In recent years, Louisiana fishermen have had more than their fair share of obstacles to overcome. They've endured crippling hurricanes, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, rising fuel prices and a flood of foreign shrimp imports that depressed dock prices and thinned profit margins.

But fishermen are nothing if not resilient and resourceful. And as you'll see in our November issue's cover story, these days, Louisiana's harvesters are increasingly turning to technology to help them earn the most for their catch.

Chauvin FBFor example, some shrimpers are using their smartphones and social media tools like Facebook to connect with customers eager to get their hands on fresh shrimp. That's a post from the David Chauvin's Seafood Co. Facebook page at left. In a post today, the company not only lists what size shrimp are available, but shares a nice recipe for shrimp linguine in a tomato and white whine sauce for added inspiration. I know reading it made me hungry.

Others post information right from the boat. They snap a photo of their catch, upload it to their Facebook page and let their followers know what they've caught, how much they'll sell it for and how customers can get their hands on it. By the time they return to the dock, their catch can be already sold.

Louisiana fishermen can also turn to Louisiana Sea Grant's Louisiana Direct Seafood website. It gives fishermen, their families or employees another way to post information about their latest catch.

These marketing avenues can help fishermen earn more for their catch than what a dock might pay. That doesn't mean fishermen will stop selling to processors, though. Processors will remain a vital part of the distribution chain. And not every fisherman will want to engage in direct marketing efforts.

But for those who do want to take advantage of them, social media tools like Facebook and Twitter and programs like Louisiana Direct Seafood give harvesters another way to get the most for their catch. And the more avenues fishermen have for maximizing their earnings, the better.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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NOAA and its fellow Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision to implement a gulf restoration plan. The 44 projects, totaling an estimated $627 million, will restore barrier islands, shorelines, dunes, underwater grasses and oyster beds.

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