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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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.