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.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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