National Fisherman


As most of the commercial and recreational anglers in Louisiana are well aware, the federal government is attempting to regulate how we fish in the Gulf.

The latest attempt is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association limiting Louisiana's red snapper fishing season to 24 days.

To address this, I, along with Sen. David Vitter, recently introduced H.R. 1430, the Offshore Fairness Act of 2013.

This legislation will give states in the Gulf of Mexico and the south Atlantic the option to expand their offshore jurisdiction up to 10 miles off the coastline, thus giving them greater control over managing their own fisheries.

It will also expand the boundary of the submerged land of the Outer Continental Shelf to 10 miles.

Currently, most states have jurisdiction up to 3 miles off of their respective coasts.

This territorial extension will be available for the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Texas and the eastern coast of Florida already have jurisdiction to manage fisheries up to 10 miles.

This bill gives all coastal states the same authority in managing their territorial waters.

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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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