National Fisherman

Shrimping season opened in the Alabama on Wednesday, a few weeks later than usual. But higher shrimp prices have shrimpers excited about potential profits.
“The opening of shrimp season is about a week or two later than usual due the cold winter and spring rains. The abundances we saw during our sampling look good, so it should be a nice opening. I am looking forward to getting some fresh shrimp this weekend,” said Chris Blankenship, director of Alabama Marine Resources and program administrator for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission, in a release.
The opening of shrimp season is always “a joyous time in Coastal Alabama,”It’s also an important time for the Alabama seafood industry. At more than 25 million pounds caught in Alabama every year, shrimp is the most abundant type of seafood landed along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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