National Fisherman

In case you haven't noticed, our shrimp trawlers are disappearing. They are those wooden boats with the rigging floating out behind, a sea of gulls trailing them as they power out to sea, trawling for white and brown shrimp.

It's getting harder and harder for shrimpers to make a living because they face increasing insurance and gas costs, repairs, regulations and competition from foreign imported shrimp.

What was once a respected way of life on the water is slowly dying, and with it will go one of the icons of Lowcountry life.

That's why Florida photographer John Adams has taken on the project of documenting the trawlers in his project, "Evanescent Trawlers of the South." And he's funding it in a unusual way: He has turned to Kickstarter on the Internet for help with raising money. He is seeking support from communities all along his route, and he's looking for only modest sums.

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National Fisherman Live

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.

Inside the Industry

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.

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