National Fisherman


Captain Paul Nelson loaded baitfish and ice into his boat for a fishing trip on Wednesday, but like many local fishermen he's already looking forward to the red snapper season that starts Friday.

"Looks like the weather's going to hold. It should be good," Nelson said. "It's going to be a busy weekend, with a lot of snapper caught."

The recreational season opens Friday and runs through Sunday. The commercial season opens Monday and runs until the catch limit is met. Nelson plans to take out a private boat on Saturday, then start Monday on the commercial season, delivering his catch to King's Seafood, a seafood dealership in Port Orange.

Both commercial and recreational fishermen hope the brief season will soon become longer, while state and federal officials hope participating anglers will help them gather the information that could be crucial to efforts to determine whether longer red snapper seasons could be re-established.

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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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