National Fisherman


Texas Gulf Trawling LLC, which operates a fleet of 15 shrimp boats out of the Port of Brownsville shrimp basin, has discovered a new catch: Winter Texans.
 
Last year, the company started offering comprehensive presentations on the Gulf shrimping industry and tours of an actual shrimp trawler, followed by a shrimp cleaning demonstration, peeling contest and shrimp boil.
 
The tour was designed specifically with Winter Texans in mind, though it’s open to everybody. At any rate, it’s proving to be a big hit.
 
On a recent sunny, breezy Wednesday, 40 or so part-time residents of Country Sunshine RV Resort in Weslaco sat in folding chairs inside a metal shed, listening intently as TGT Vice President Greg Londrie held forth on all things shrimp-related — with a strong emphasis on the superiority of wild-caught Gulf shrimp over the imported, farm-raised variety.
 
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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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