National Fisherman


Riding a wave of growth and popularity of the state’s aquaculture, Virginia officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail to connect travelers to the state’s oyster industry.

The industry that dates to the founding of Jamestown in 1607 is enjoying it largest harvest since 1987 and hoping to propel Virginia’s briny bivalves into the global spotlight. The new trail links visitors with Virginia oyster purveyors as well as restaurants, raw bars and the longstanding watermen culture on the Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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