National Fisherman


Memorial Day activities in Charleston will focus on the annual Blessing of the Fleet and Memorial Service starting at 10 a.m., May 27 at the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial Garden, near the launch ramp at the Charleston Marina.

The service will honor the local men and women involved in commercial fishing and the fishing industry who have died since 1941. This year, the Charleston community will add six names to the "In Memory of Charleston Fisherman" Plaque: Dennis O. Cutting, Stephen "Stevie" Joseph Brandis II, Carl D. Harrington, Vincent Hensey, Bryan Wayne Stores and Jimmie W. Sugg. In addition, one name will be added to the "In Memory of Fishing Industry" plaque, Bill Chard Sr.

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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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