National Fisherman


RALEIGH, N.C. — A proposal that would ban shrimp boats from trawling in North Carolina's rivers and sounds is facing an uphill effort.
 
The Marine Fisheries Commission meets in Raleigh on Thursday to decide the fate of a petition seeking rules declaring most internal coastal waters as seafood nursery areas off limits to trawlers. The rule would have the effect of stopping most shrimping.
 
The fishing and seafood industries have hammered the idea in lower-level committees, warning it could lead to the loss of thousands of jobs aboard the shrimp boats and in related businesses.
 
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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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