National Fisherman

State fisheries officials have teamed with the LSU Sea Grant College Program to educate Louisiana commercial fisheries into a new era of higher profitability.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and program organizers recently announced the Fisheries Forward program, a new effort to foster harvesting and handling practices that help make the state’s catch the highest quality possible on the market.

“A lot of our business when it comes to processing is based on best-handing practices. A lot of our business is that high-end and high-quality market,” said David Chauvin, who owns three Terrebonne seafood businesses with his wife, Kim. “Right now, 90 percent of the education is on the dock facility. Guys come in, one has great shrimp, the other has black spots, head falling off and tails broken, and there is a difference in price.”

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Inside the Industry

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.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

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