National Fisherman

Dulac, La. - In the murky waters near Dulac, something lurks beneath the surface.

Bayou Fabio takes us on the hunt.

Rickey Verrett's day begins much earlier on the banks of Bayou Dularge.

He doesn't carry much on his small boat. Verrett needs all the room he can get for what he hopes to bring back.

"If I throw out 40 jugs, I usually get 100 pounds dressed," says Verrett. "I get like 20 something fish with 40 lines. Get at least half."

Not just any fish.

Verrett is one of the few commercial fishermen in the world hunting alligator gar.

"It's just what my daddy does so I figured I'd do it too," he says. "On my own about 15 years gar fishing. I used to work on a shrimp boat and stuff."

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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

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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