National Fisherman

At a meeting last week of the St. Bernard Parish Council, life-long shrimper George Barisich, President of the United Commercial Fishermen Association urged the council to pass a resolution that supports the exemption of commercial fishermen from paying taxes on BP settlement money.

After the St. Bernard council unanimously passed the resolution, Barisich said he would be taking the cause to Plaquemines and other parishes throughout the region to garner similar support.

The intent of the resolution is to give a push to State and Federal delegation to consider exempting victims of the oil spill of the commercial fishing industry from paying taxes on any settlement money. Before their vote Barisich explained to the council that as of now fishermen are expected to get paid out 40 percent of their loss for eight years.

But when the settlement money is doled out to fishermen that amount will be taxed the standard income tax rate of 35 percent.

"The money, if it stays in our hands, we can spend it down here," said Barisich.

"They're telling you you're getting paid for a 40 percent loss so the fishermen are assuming all the risk, if we get that 35 percent that we have to give President Obama, that money will help us stay down here."

Read the full story at the Plaquemines Gazette>>

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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