National Fisherman

Shrimpers across south Louisiana say they are ready for today's start of the white shrimp season.

About 60 percent of the shrimp harvested in the U.S. comes from the Gulf of Mexico. The total domestic shrimp harvest brought in $518 million in 2011.

Today's opening date was based on recommendations presented by state Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and comments from the public.

The season officially opened up at 6 a.m. on the inside waters of the western shore of the Atchafalaya River. The season opens up east of the river at 6 p.m.

Federal data indicates that about 26.1 million pounds of shrimp were caught in Louisiana between January and May.

Some areas remain closed to commercial fishing following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Read the full story at Houma Courier>>

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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