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

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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