National Fisherman

NEW ORLEANS –- What's a Thanksgiving dinner without oyster dressing?
“Oyster dressing is one of the top things that's on our table, so consequently we have a big selection of them,” said Eddie Moreno, manager of Dorignac’s grocery store.
But some oystermen say their harvest is at an all-time low this year.
“It's 98 percent off this year. That's the lowest I've ever seen it,” said George Barisich, president of the United Commercial Fisherman’s Association.
Barisich believes seeing lingering effects of the BP oil disaster are impacting oyster landings. He said dispersed oil made it impossible for spat to catch on reefs, so few new oysters could grow.
“It's like a Teflon coating on my reef. My reefs are 60 years old and I have no spat catch at all,” he said.
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Inside the Industry

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.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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