National Fisherman


HALF MOON BAY — California's market squid fishermen have hauled in record numbers as ocean conditions for the third-straight year helped them net their quota earlier in the season than normal.

The small squid often called calamari were caught in record numbers over the past two years, and 2012 appears to have been nearly as robust.

The state recorded a record-breaking 133,642 tons in the 2010-2011 season; that was beat in 2011-2012 with 134,910 tons, which translated into more than $69 million.

The squid fishery is the state's largest, and is managed to prevent overfishing.

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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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