National Fisherman


CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. — Commercial fishing advocates are voicing strong opposition to the 2013 Fisheries Economic Development Act.

It would designate Red Drum, Spotted Sea Trout, and Striped Bass as coastal game fish. The bill also provides funds for dredging and the Marine Fisheries Observer Programs. Proponents of the game fish portion say it's a necessary, economic allocation.

"Our public trust resources in salt water need to be allocated to the user group that is going to provide North Carolina with the highest total return and that's exactly what game fish does," said Chuck Laughridge with the Coastal Conservation Association.

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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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