National Fisherman


The search for a missing New Jersey fisherman was suspended Thursday evening, hours after a commercial fishing boat capsized in Delaware Bay.

Two men from the Linda Claire were pulled from the cold waters of the bay by other fishermen in the area, The (Vineland, N.J.) Daily Journal reported. Chris Serra, 27, of Commercial, the Linda Claire's captain, was hanging on to the boat's bow, while Dave Wood, 25, of Commercial was rescued by a crewman from the Sandra Lee who jumped into the water to grab him.

Charles Owens, the Sandra Lee's captain, said he and his crew spotted the third man, Josh Catlett, 24, of Port Norris, but he vanished before he could be rescued.

The Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police searched the area for hours using boats and two helicopters but found no trace of Catlett.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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