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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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 3/10/15

In this episode, Online Editor Leslie Taylor talks with Mike McLouglin, vice president of Dunlop Industrial and Protective Footwear.

National Fisherman Live: 2/24/15

In this episode:

March date set for disaster aid dispersal
Oregon LNG project could disrupt fishing
NOAA tweaks gear marking requirement
N.C. launches first commercial/recreational dock
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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