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jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

JHathaway2 I know the gulf oil spill has a lot of folks worried about supplies of local seafood and risk of contamination.

While I must admit that if forced to eat farmed shrimp, I'd prefer "freshwater" prawns from Indiana over any product from overseas (for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the distance Asia-raised seafood has to travel to reach my plate), what I can't stomach is the idea that farmed seafood is inherently safer than wild seafood simply because it's raised in captivity.

According to Indiana shrimp farmer Tim Connor, as quoted in the Indianapolis Star, "With the situation in the gulf, people will want this quality," Tim said. "They know it's safe."

Granted, no one wants to eat oil-contaminated seafood. But the chances that petroleum-marinated shrimp will end up on your shishkebab are slim to none.

Shrimp farmers use pesticides and antibiotics in their "freshwater" ponds. That doesn't sound so fresh to me.

Shrimpers in the gulf are still fishing uncontaminated waters. Get it fresh and wild while you can.

If you happen to be in southern Indiana, find yourself a fried chicken dinner with biscuits, slaw and apple butter. Go local and stick with what you know.

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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