National Fisherman


A short drive down Bayou Lafourche to Leeville or any of Terrebonne’s southern fingers and you’ll find plenty of evidence of the area’s fishing industry.
 
It might be the tall booms of shrimp boats, signs advertising live oysters or crab traps piled in beside a house.
 
What escapes view are the businesses devoted to processing and facilitating those industries. It’s not only about those dragging a net or dredging the oysters, there are also the peelers, pickers, dock workers and sales infrastructure.
 
The industry remains big here, though locals fear lasting impacts from the 2010Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
 
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board pegs the annual economic impact through jobs and income tax revenue at $2.4 billion.
 
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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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