National Fisherman

Neil LaRochelle's business is all about supply and demand.

"The demand is there," he said. The supply, however, is not.

The owner of Always Fresh LaRochelle's Seafood in Auburn banks on Maine shrimp to keep his customers happy during January and February.

"I rely on shrimp this time of year. People called and called and called, asking, 'When you gonna have shrimp?'" LaRochelle said.

The first draggers of the shrimp season went out Jan. 23. The next day, LaRochelle sold 450 pounds by lunchtime.

Maine fisherman caught 5.3 million pounds of shrimp in 2012. This year they are allowed 1.38 million pounds.

They are allowed to fish two days a week, down from three a year ago.

"It's gonna be a rough year," said LaRochelle, who ran five pounds of shrimp specials for $25 just three years ago.

Now that same five pounds of picked shrimp would cost $50, if he had the shrimp to sell.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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