National Fisherman

MAYPORT, Fla. -- Four people were rescued from a sinking shrimp boat off the coast of Ponte Vedra Beach.
According to the Coast Guard, flooding was brought under control aboard the Sea King Tuesday morning.
The 88-foot shrimp boat was reportedly in distress about 2 miles off the coast. It had been taking on water since around 6:15 a.m. Reports stated there was water filling up the engine room.
Crews were dispatched by boat from Mayport; by air from Savannah; and by ground from JFRD. The Coast Guard reports that a 45-foot response boat from Mayport towed the boat to Mayport. The shrimp boat is using a de-watering pump to stay afloat. All four passengers are still on board.
Family members waited for hours at a port in Mayport for the boat to arrive. 
Stephanie Parrish got a frantic call from her husband early Tuesday morning. 
"I'm very thankful to God and the Coast Guard," said Parrish. 
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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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