National Fisherman

TARPON SPRINGS - The smell of diesel fuel lingers in the air near the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs.

Crews are cleaning up what is left of more than 6,000 gallons of fuel that was on board the Skye Marie shrimp boat when it caught fire and sank last week.

The charred fishing vessel is blocking businesses along the Anclote River. A spokesperson for Florida Fish and Wildlife said it is their job to ensure the Skye Marie is moved and the environment is protected.

Longtime shrimper Billy Harris owns the Skye Marie. He does not have insurance and said he cannot afford to move the boat. He also said he cannot afford to pay for the extensive clean-up. The clean-up got more complicated after Monday morning's high tide.

"The high tide shifted pocket of fuel that was in the forward part of the vessel. That fuel then, it was an undetermined amount, but it did come to the surface," said Michael De Nyse, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard. "We noticed it and we attacked it quickly and got SWS environmental services on scene. They were contracted to then collect that fuel that rose to the surface."

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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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