National Fisherman

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Boats big and small sailed through the Charleston Harbor in anticipation of a bountiful shrimping season. On shore, hundreds of people celebrated with live music, and plenty of food and alcohol while the ships were blessed.
 
For the last month, the story has been one of recovery for a local shrimper who nearly lost his boat. But at Sunday's blessing of the fleet, it was a chance for Tommy Edwards and the Miss Judy Too to make a fresh start.
 
For most people aboard the Miss Judy Too on Sunday, the blessing of the fleet was all about the party, the good food, and just having a good time.
 
But for Edwards, it was a little more visceral.
 
"It feels nice to smell the fresh air and get the sea salt in [my] face," he said.
 
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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
Spiny lobster traps limits not well received

Inside the Industry

The National Marine Educators Association has partnered with NOAA this year to offer all NMEA 2015 conference attendees an educational session on how free NOAA data can add functionality to navigation systems and maritime apps.

Session topics include nautical charts, tides and currents, seafloor data, buoy networking and weather, among others.

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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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