National Fisherman


The New York State Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would give commercial fishermen what officials say is some much needed relief.

The bill would help commercial fishermen by allowing them to aggregate their
daily catch limits over a seven day period and conserve fuel passed the
Senate, with just one vote against it, according to New York State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, R-C-I, Port Jefferson, who sponsored the bill.

LaValle's office said his bill "allows fishermen, for example, to catch three times the daily catch limit on Monday and two times the limit on Wednesday and then stay off the water until the following Monday when a consecutive period of seven days is complete." According to the bill individuals with different fishing licenses would also be allowed to go out and catch each of their daily limits from the same boat, which is currently prohibited.

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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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