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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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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