National Fisherman


Experts from the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant met with area shrimpers to help them become more efficient, learn new technology and comply with federal fishing regulations.

"We are talking about efficiency and quality," said Thomas Hymel, AgCenter and Sea Grant extension agent. "The challenge the Louisiana shrimping industry has is to bring in a quality product competitive with imports."

Hymel said the state's shrimping business has lost significant numbers. "The folks out there now are the survivors."

Hymel told shrimpers of the different ways to improve fuel efficiency. "The biggest thing we can do is slow that boat down."

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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