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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input for a proposed action to protect unmanaged forage species.

The proposed action would consider a prohibition on the development of new, or expansion of existing, directed fisheries on unmanaged forage species in the Mid-Atlantic until adequate scientific information is available to promote ecosystem sustainability.

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The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all NMEA 2015 conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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