National Fisherman


Some shrimp do not live up to their name by being, well, not so "shrimpy" in size. A popular oxymoron is "jumbo shrimp" but the non-native crustaceans invading Louisiana waters put even this larger variety to shame.

The Times-Picayune reported Asian tiger shrimp (or prawn) becoming a growing concern in the Gulf of Mexico as the species can get larger than a foot long and weigh more than a pound, causing some to worry that it could outcompete native species.

"We are all worried about it," Kim Chauvin, who is a shrimp processor in Terrebonne Parish, told the Times-Picayune. "We are confused and scared and have been asking a lot of questions and not been given many answers."

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Inside the Industry

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is looking for candidates to be considered for a sustainable fishing prize.

The White House Champion for Change for Sustainable Seafood designation will honor individuals for “contributing to the ongoing recovery of America’s fishing industry and our fishing communities.”

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The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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