National Fisherman


Eating freshly caught wild Georgia white shrimp while on the Lady Jane, off St. Simons Island, is a culinary experience not to be missed. It’s a brilliant sunny day on the southern Georgia coast as the Lady Jane moves slowly through the channel. The islands of St. Simons and Jekyll rise above a sea of salt grass. Laughing seagulls – their actual name – swoop through the air behind the ship. “That’s a good sign,” comments Cliff Credle, “they know where the food is.”

The Lady Jane retired after years as an active participant in the Brunswick, Ga, shrimp industry. Today the 49 passenger USCG certified steel hulled ship makes two hour excursions that are as educational as they are fun. The Lady Jane is captained by Larry Credle, ably assisted by his son, Cliff, and first mate, John Tyre. Passengers learn firsthand what it’s like to be a shrimper.

The shallow waters, sheltered by St. Simons and Jeckyll islands, exclude any possible invasion of the shrimp beds by large factory ships. Shrimping remains a bastion of small boat fishing operated by individual entrepreneurs. The ship drags a modest sized net for about ten minutes at a time. Since these waters are home to the endangered Green Sea Turtle, all nets must be fitted with turtle excluder devices that release not only turtles from the net but other large sea life. According to John Wallace of Wild Georgia Shrimp, “These devices are not only good for conservation but a turtle stuck into the opening of a net will prevent shrimp from entering.”

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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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