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

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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