National Fisherman

GALVESTON BAY, Texas — Attorneys representing a shrimp boat captain are bringing attention to an entire catch of shrimp coated in oil.
Pictures released to KHOU show oil saturated on several shrimp.
According to the captain’s attorneys, the shrimp were caught a few miles out of Galveston near the place where 168,000 gallons of thick oil spilled into the ocean.
“Shrimp on the gulf coast are the best, but you’re going to be wondering where it came from,” said Bob Pedley.
Several seafood businesses say shrimp sales have already taken an immediate hit because of public perception.
“The sale is down, and the reason why, people are afraid of eating shrimp because of the oil spill,” said Linda Speth, owner of Emery’s Seafood near Kemah Boardwalk.
Linda Speth says the smaller, bay shrimp are affected by the spill that happened two weeks ago. However, she says her larger, best selling shrimp comes from further out in the gulf.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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