National Fisherman


Every year since February of 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has held one of its statewide meetings for Apalachicola, with commissioners each year raving about the fishing paradise found in Tallahassee’s backyard.

On Wednesday, they learned about the serious trouble that backyard is facing.

By appealing directly for FWC support, Franklin County’s beleaguered oyster industry, supported by environmental and recreational fishing interests, opened up a new front in their battle to secure more freshwater coming down the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system into Apalachicola Bay.

“If we don’t get something done in the next one-and-a-half years, we’re not going to have a bay,” said Shannon Hartsfield, a fourth-generation oysterman who serves as president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association.

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Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.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