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

Ray Hilborn, a University of Washington professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, recently received the 2016 International Fisheries Science Prize at the World Fisheries Congress in Busan, South Korea.

The award was given to Hilborn by the World Council of Fisheries Societies’ International Fisheries Science Prize Committee in recognition of his 40-year career of “highly diversified research and publication in support of global fisheries science and conservation.”

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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