National Fisherman

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission recently announced opening dates for the oyster season this fall.

Fishermen in Cameron Parish seem to be satisfied with the dates. But some would like to see management to allow growth of the resource and a better livelihood for fishermen.

The Wildlife Commission set the oyster season to open Nov. 1 in West Cove of Calcasieu Lake and decided the east side will remain closed. As well, Sabine Lake public oyster area will remain closed.

Right now, oyster fishermen are busy with shrimp. Leo Dyson said they are satisfied with the opening date though they would have preferred the season start earlier.

It's alright for most of the shrimpers but I think some of the full-time oyster fishermen would like it open a little earlier. It's already set so we just gotta live with it.

He's concerned about management of the resource.

"This year here you got the same area open. Lets hope it can take another whole year of fishing," said Dyson.

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Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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