National Fisherman


The invasive green crab — and how to stop its devastation of the state’s shellfish industry — is drawing new calls to arms among the industry’s stakeholders and others.
 
And while a Monday night forum organized by state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, state Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich, Rowley Shellfish Constable John “Jack” Grundstrom and the state Division of Marine Fisheries at the DMF’s Gloucester office on Emerson Avenue didn’t bring firm solutions, stakeholders seemed to achieve one consensus.
 
“The one thing we all agree on is that they are a threat that have to be confronted,” Tarr said Wednesday.
 
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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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