National Fisherman

Fresh, off-the-boat shrimp is the hallmark of Fernandina Beach’s annual shrimp festival, but some shrimpers are jumping ship this year after fighting over the prevalence of imported, farmed shrimp at festival booths.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, started 51 years ago by First Coast shrimpers, allows food stands to sell whatever shrimp they can afford, including farm-raised shrimp from other countries. In protest, the Shrimp Producers Association is packing up its fried shrimp and hush puppies and avoiding the May festival.
The festival isn’t the root of their anger, said Mike Adams, a member of the Shrimp Producers Association, a 200-member group of commercial shrimpers. The shrimpers’ frustration spreads past the reaches of the First Coast and into their industry as a whole.
Bring imported shrimp into a local festival to celebrate the Florida shrimper, and there’s bound to be a fight, said Adams.
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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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