National Fisherman

The March 26 article "Study: Tons of marine life accidentally caught in fishing nets every year," was unfair to commercial fishing in South Carolina.
 
We call this the death of a thousand cuts. Ninety-one percent of all seafood consumed in this country is imported and 91 percent of 1,000 is 910.
 
This being the case, then we have 90 cuts to go.
 
With only a 9 percent slice of the seafood pie, it is hard to imagine how this nation, much less South Carolina, is contributing to the bycatch problem. But Oceana's Gib Brogan said, "It's fair to say that [S.C. fishermen] are contributing to the problem."
 
This demonizes those few fishermen left in the industry after a 50 percent reduction in harvesting and catch within the last 15 years.
 
The article states, "Shrimping is the biggest component of South Carolina's fishing industry, which isn't large by national standards but it is still a notable part of the state's economy."
 
Maybe you should take a look at the shellfish sector of our industry.
 
The article also says, "South Carolina's seafood harvest brings in about $25 million, federal statistics show."
 
This is about right, but that figure was averaging $50 million 15 years ago.
 
Leave it alone, it's struggling.
 
Read the full story at the Post and Courier>>

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
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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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