National Fisherman


The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the impetus behind a research project at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, Ga., that will analyze the effects of spilled oil on blue crabs and grass shrimp. The researchers will examine the species growth under various conditions to see if the genes that regulate molting may have been affected.

The researchers also will send tissue samples, primarily from the shrimp and crab's endocrine organs, to a researcher at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah to look for physiological or pathological changes. The study is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Although grass shrimp are not typically harvested as a commercial product, they are abundant in Gulf of Mexico salt marshes and estuaries, and are an important food source for many fish. Blue crabs are also a food source for many fish in addition to being a valuable commercial catch.

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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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