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 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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