It’s easy to lose track of things during the holiday season and there was plenty of fishing news last month. Gulf of Mexico red snapper quotas, a lawsuit over at-sea monitors, and slave-peeled shrimp topped the headlines. Catch up on all you may have missed.

1. It’s not a game(fish) to us

"So tell me why does a state senator from a district on the Atlantic Ocean and a state representative from a landlocked district really think they know better than commercial red snapper fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico?"

2. Fishermen file suit over observer costs

A group of fishermen filed a lawsuit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arguing that the agency violated their rights by forcing them to pay for a controversial program that requires government-trained monitors on their vessels to observe their catch.

3. Slave-peeled shrimp in U.S. stores

"Despite these stories of slave labor being told more often and more prominently in the media, there is still a disconnect for consumers."

4. One dead, two rescued in Mass. sinking

A fishing vessel sinks while under tow by the Coast Guard.

5. Photos: Scientist captures Alaska sockeye run

Haunting photos and video of Alaska salmon.

6. It’s ALIVE

“Shouldn’t we be focusing our energy on sustaining and rebuilding wild runs of salmon?”

7. Fish board rejects Bristol Bay permit stacking

"One permit, one person will still be the norm for Bristol Bay."

8. Hand-me-downs don’t always fit

“It’s just that the people using the boats do not seem to understand the way they must use a vessel that hasn’t been designed for their fishery.”

9. Man’s body found in Fla. crab trap

A body is discovered in a Florida crab trap.

10. Salmon group dismayed by mining pact

“It’s hard not to feel blindsided by this news.”


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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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