National Fisherman

The company recently announced its plan to close its Cameron fish processing plant and move operations to its Abbeville facility.
 
Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry says with this move, the company will add 60 new workers to the Abbeville plant. The company will also move three of its fishing vessels to the facility, which has been around for 50 years.
 
"It's a multi-generational group we have here. People's fathers and grandfathers have worked here. We really enjoy being a part of this community," Landry said.
 
The recent announcement is a big catch for Vermilion Parish community.
 
"Our total budget here is about $43 million. Seventeen to eighteen million dollars of that is going directly to payroll, which we believe will be spent here in the local economy," Landry said.
 
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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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