National Fisherman


Dudley Biddlecomb has been an oyster farmer for so long, he doesn't remember when he started. Born on the Chesapeake Bay, oyster farming is in his blood. The Biddlecomb family has been in the oyster business for over one hundred years and say productivity is on the rise after a decades-long decline.

"I think the water quality has greatly improved over the years," Biddlecomb said. "People are more conscious of the run-off and pollution."

Biddlecomb and his nephew made the 150 mile trek from Reedville to speak with a class at the University of Virginia about the emerging field of aquaculture and his work to restore oysters to the Bay.

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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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