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.

Read the full story at Post and Courier>>

Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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