National Fisherman


Andrea Hance of San Benito picked a good time to take over as executive director of the Texas Shrimp Association, with Gulf shrimp prices at historic highs and nearly everyone with a trawler clambering for a piece of the action.
 
In contrast, the timing of her entry into the shrimping business itself was less
than stellar.
 
Hance and her husband, Preston, bought their first shrimp boat in 2007 — just in time for the industry, beset by foreign imports, to hit rock bottom. She recalls fetching an average of $1.65 a wholesale pound — pitiful compared to the $6.50
a pound shrimpers are getting today on average.
 
“It was probably the worst possible time for somebody to buy a shrimp boat,”
Hance said.
 
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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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Vigor will debut an affordable 142-foot freezer longliner designed specifically for North Pacific fishing at the 2016 Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

 

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