National Fisherman

A report last week shed stunning light on work conditions on fishing boats half way around the world and opened a door for local shrimpers and fisherman to raise awareness about local seafood.
 
Thai workers bought and sold by brokers, kept away from their families and chained up on overcrowded boats without adequate food or water made ripples around the globalized shrimp market, according to The Guardian. The report momentarily jarred attention away from a debate in the United States over the sustainability and environmental friendliness of Gulf of Mexico shrimpers.
 
The report tied the shrimp to mega-retailers Costco and Walmart, as well as international food stores Carrefour and Tesco. The Guardian reported a day later that the U.S. State Department is reviewing the alleged slave labor practices and will consider prohibiting shrimp imports from that country.
 
For local seafood advocates, like shrimper and shrimp processor Kim Chauvin, the news comes as a breath of fresh air amidst an onslaught of negative press aimed at Gulf of Mexico shrimpers.
 
“It's disgusting to see that that's going on and our government continues to give them subsidies. They are sitting here and acting like they have our best interest at heart.” Chauvin said. 
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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