National Fisherman


The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission preserved shrimp trawling in the Pamlico Sound on Thursday by voting down a proposal to declare the entire body of water a nursery.

Nearly 200 shrimpers work the Pamlico Sound and have been outspoken in opposition to the rule change. Shrimping is the state's second-largest fishing industry. Trawling in the Pamlico Sound would have to stop if the sound were declared a nursery.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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