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

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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