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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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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