National Fisherman


This year was looking like a windfall for Georgia shrimpers. The production of Asian farmed shrimp was down after a bacterial infection swept through Thailand’s ponds. The resulting shortage of imports drove prices up.
 
“Everybody was looking forward to fall,” said Herbert “Truck” McIver Jr., a McIntosh County shrimper who works on the Sundown. “That’s almost a guarantee. It would’ve been an awesome year with the price. Prices are probably like $1 more (per pound) than last year.”
 
That’s not how it’s panning out.
 
Instead of celebrating, Georgia shrimpers are finding so few shrimp they’re planning to petition for disaster status. And they’re looking for answers to what’s devastating the catch from Charleston to Jacksonville, a shrimp disease called black gill.
 
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Inside the Industry

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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