National Fisherman


BOWERS BEACH — "White Gold," a documentary about Delaware's oystering history and a present day story about a Delaware waterman's struggle to bring a 1893 wooden schooner back to its former glory, will debut in a free public showing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Bowers Beach Fire Hall.

Wilmington filmmaker Michael Oates will introduce the documentary.

One hundred years ago, Leipsic, Little Creek, and Bowers Beach were among Delaware's flourishing maritime communities, relying on huge harvests of Delaware Bay oysters, commonly called "white gold."

Stately wooden schooners plied Delaware Bay, dredging as many as 900,000 bushels annually. Stories abound of local captains lighting cigars with $100 bills and buying new Cadillacs every year.

Yet today's annual oyster harvest is limited to less than 15,000 bushels with oyster beds decimated by a succession of deadly diseases and all but one of the sailing schooners gone.

Yet, these Bayshore communities and the commercial watermen who built them somehow endure.

Read the full story at the Delaware State News>>

Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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