National Fisherman

SAN CARLOS ISLAND, Fla.- The shrimping industry is bringing in big bucks for Lee County! Shrimpers on San Carlos Island generate almost a 100 million dollars a year. Our cameras went behind the scenes to see what kind of work goes into the 30 day shrimping voyages. "I was one of them hard headed kids back in the day, so my dad said you have a choice, go to school or go to work?"

Boat Captain Robert Blake has spent over 40 years on the open water and in just a few days he will set sail, again.

"We're gone for 30, here for eight, and then we go again. You know, that's just the life of a shrimper," said Blake.

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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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