National Fisherman

The House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill Monday that aims to simplify state regulations on shrimp nets, opening the door for fishermen to make improvements to net configurations.
 
State Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, and Gordy Dove, R-Houma, co-authored House Bill 440, which changes the law dictating how shrimpers can hang their nets from the side of a boat. The legislation now moves to the state Senate, where it will be debated in committee.
 
Here's how local lawmakers voted:
 
For: Harrison; Lenar Whitney, R-Houma; and Truck Gisclair, D-Larose.
 
Absent: Dove; Dee Richard, a Thibodaux independent.
 
The proposed changes follow years of discussion over whether existing law limited shrimpers' efforts to improve the efficiency of the nets.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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