Archive for September, 2014
Roy Crabtree, Ph.D., has a lot on his plate beside Gulf Red Snapper. As the regional administrator of NOAA Fisheries Service’s Southeast Regional Office overseeing Gulf fisheries, the fish popular to both recreational and commercial fishermen has drawn the majority of his attention for more than two years.
Gulf Seafood Institute founding member Steve Tomeny recently joined a panel of seafood experts, academics and environmental non-profit leaders to address such issues as individual fishing quotas and possible revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Act at the Brookings Institute for a Hamilton Project roundtable discussion.
At the turn of the nineteenth century, Biloxi was known as “The Seafood Capital of the World” – its factories were world leaders. Today, the seafood industry continues to play an important role in the diversity of city’s local economy.
Lack of funding of government agencies monitoring fish catches is one of the biggest challenges to sustainability of the seafood industry according to an international industry panel that included the Gulf Seafood Institute’s Florida board member David Krebs.
On the last day of National Seafood Month, two Gulf Seafood Institute board members will join other Gulf seafood industry experts, chefs and fishermen in addressing Gulf of Mexico sustainable seafood issues at a symposium to be held on Dauphin Island on All Hallow’s Eve.
The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University has hired three new extension specialists; Dr. Stuart Carlton, Christine Hale and Dr. Andrew Ropicki. The trio brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Texas coast.
Senator Marco Rubio has introduced legislation, including key initiatives advanced by the Gulf Seafood Institute, laying groundwork for Gulf seafood community priorities in the upcoming reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, is a persistent and alarming problem according to authorities from Gulf Coast states, as well as the federal government.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently met in Biloxi, MS to discuss a number of fishery issues, including recreational red snapper sector separation and accountability measures.
With the sounds of the Tee Chaoui Trio Band, the Babineaux Sisters and The Beau Young Band rocking into the night, the new Bayou Carlin Cove dock recently opened in Delcambre, La. The opening culminates a seven-year effort by the Twin Parish Port Commission to fund and construct the $4 million facility.
As Louisiana shrimpers tie up their boats — angry over low prices they’re getting at the dock. A spokesman for the Gulf Seafood Institute says prices are falling because imports are rebounding and they aren’t the ones to blame.
For more than two weeks talks of a strike by Louisiana shrimpers have filled VHF radios and social media. Talk has turned into action according to Louisiana Shrimp Association’s president Clint Guidry, as state shrimpers have put a moratorium on harvesting to protest falling shrimp prices at the dock.
Halliburton has announced it has reached an agreement to settle a substantial majority of the plaintiffs’ claims, including Gulf commercial fishermen, asserted against the company as a result of the April 20, 2010 Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico.