National Fisherman


An embattled oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore is a legitimate exception to the Wilderness Act, a San Rafael attorney asserted.
 
“Savoring a Drakes Estero oyster is a wilderness experience,” concluded the federal court brief filed by James Linford, representing a nonprofit group that supports an historic cabin in the Eldorado National Forest.
 
For ranchers grazing on 8 million acres of federally owned land in California, the oyster company’s case raises “a question of exceptional importance,” said lawyers for the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group that favors “limited government” and “a balanced approach to environmental regulation.”
 
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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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