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

The American Fisheries Society is honoring recently retired Florida Institute of Oceanography director Bill Hogarth with the Carl R. Sullivan Fishery Conservation Award — one of the nation's premier awards in fisheries science - in recognition of his long career and leadership in preserving some of the world's most threatened species, advocating for environmental protections and leading Florida's scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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The Marine Stewardship Council has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Critchlow will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle. He is a former vice president of Lusamerica Foods and has over 35 years in the seafood industry.

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