National Fisherman

PALACIOS - Greg Seaman, a 49-year-old Palacios native, has managed to stay afloat in a rough business.

Four generations of his family have trawled the Gulf of Mexico for shrimp.

"I'm too old to do anything else," Seaman said. "At almost 50, it's hard to start something new."

From his 53-foot shrimp boat, Seaman pointed across the port to another boat. The Sea Gull has been in his family since it was built in 1926 and has one of the oldest boat licenses in the state of Texas.

On Friday, Seaman and his captain, David DeLeon, 49, prepared their vessel, the H.T. Seaman, for Monday's opening of commercial shrimp season in the Gulf. Both have been in the business for more than 30 years.

The pair, with another crew member, departed Sunday to hunt for a thick concentration of shrimp. The crew can drop their trawl 30 minutes after sunset Monday.

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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
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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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