National Fisherman

VERMILION PARISH, LA (KPLC) - It could provide the blueprint for long-term hurricane recovery.

The community of Delcambre in Vermilion Parish, like many others, was destroyed in Hurricane Rita.

Now, it's experiencing a comeback thanks to a program spotlighting local shrimpers.

Delcambre's Thomas Hymel is optimistic about the future of the small Vermilion Parish town, attributing that future primarily to the Delcambre District Seafood Program.

"It started here in Delcambre four years ago with one fisherman and now everybody in the community is involved with it because it's a big benefit to be able to sell directly to the public," Hymel said.

Hymel serves as the program director and said the effort is part of what has rejuvenated the hurricane-ravaged community, bringing with it an infectious sense of momentum.

"It's put paint on the boats of our shrimpers and money in their pocket. They're selling their shrimp for two times, three times dock prices by selling them to the public and it's making a big, big difference," Hymel said.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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