National Fisherman


Robert Heyano, president of the board of directors of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, announced on March 14 that the board has accepted the resignation of its executive director, Bob Waldrop, who has served in that capacity since inception of the association. The board wishes Bob well in his next endeavors. 
 
The board has appointed Mike LaRussa, who presently serves as the treasurer of the association, to serve as interim executive director until a permanent successor can be named.  The board is currently interviewing candidates and is confident that it will name a successor within 60 days.

Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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