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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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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