National Fisherman


New technology and tactics can stem the intrusion of foreign shrimp onto American plates, state seafood officials preached at the LSU AG Center's second annual Louisiana Fisheries Summit held in Houma this week. 
 
More than 250 commercial fishermen, seafood dealers, processors and others gathered at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center to hear of the latest technologies and theories on sustaining Louisiana's $2 billion seafood industry.
 
For years, foreign imports have been the enemy of local fishermen, with only 10 percent of the shrimp eaten domestically actually coming from the U.S., said Don Schwab, of Bayou Barataria Foods, a Lafitte shrimp processor.
 
Last year, local fishermen got some relief on that downward push on prices. Disease decimated foreign seafood supplies, leading to some of the highest prices local shrimpers have seen for the product.
 
“You can expect higher prices in May,” Schwab said. “They are not going to be as high as they were, but they will still be high.” 
 
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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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