National Fisherman


HERNANDO BEACH -- The crab traps are being moved and stacked as another stone crab season comes to an end on May 15.
 
Captain Mike Birren, a stone crabber out of Hernando Beach, says this season was horrible.
 
"Right now I'm pulling 600 to 650 traps, bringing them home and I'm catching between 40 and 50 pounds," he said. "Right now my boat is going about $500 a day in the hole."
 
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Inside the Industry

Ray Hilborn, a University of Washington professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, recently received the 2016 International Fisheries Science Prize at the World Fisheries Congress in Busan, South Korea.

The award was given to Hilborn by the World Council of Fisheries Societies’ International Fisheries Science Prize Committee in recognition of his 40-year career of “highly diversified research and publication in support of global fisheries science and conservation.”

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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