National Fisherman


APALACHICOLA — Shannon Hartsfield warned Florida’s fish and game regulators that time is running short.

He told the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Wednesday that the bay that has borne his livelihood and thousands of others along the Gulf Coast now faces an existential threat.

If Florida, neighboring states and the federal government cannot overcome decades of legal battles and bureaucratic maneuvers to quickly restore the flow of freshwater to Apalachicola Bay, he warned, his voice quavering, “disaster is coming.”

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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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