fishing

Coastal Desk
2:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Ecotourism: A New Catch For Commercial Fishermen?

A fisherman sorts the day's catch on Tony Goutierrez's dock on Hopedale Highway in Hopedale, Louisiana.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

There’s a new push to get tourists in New Orleans off Bourbon Street and into nature. Eco-tourism is the new way to explore Louisiana, according to a new statewide campaign. And as commercial fishermen are seeing numbers drop in catch and profit, they’re considering the tourism industry as a way to make a living.  

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Latest News
5:04 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Restrictions On Bluefin Tuna Fishing In The Gulf

New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing.
Aziz Saltik Flickr

New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized Bluefin tuna species from overfishing.

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the rules, which affect commercial fishing vessels and take effect in January.

Under the new rules, fishermen will be barred from the practice of using miles-long fishing lines in areas of the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of North Carolina during certain sensitive periods for Bluefin tuna.

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Coastal Desk
4:50 am
Mon November 17, 2014

New Program Encourages Youth To Ditch The Electronics And Go Fishing

Fishing off a pier, angling with a rod. Proof that you don't need a boat to 'Get Out And Fish!'
Credit Arpingstone / Wikimedia Commons

Over the weekend, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries launched its new Get Out and Fish! program in Lafayette’s Girard Park. A fishing competition and other family friendly activities all served to celebrate a new initiative to increase the number of people with access to quality fishing.

They say video killed the radio star. Mike Wood of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says video games killed the fisherman.

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Food
5:28 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Keeping Seafood On The Table

A harvest of sheepshead at a recent event promoting Gulf seafood.
Ian McNulty

Chefs and restaurateurs are increasingly joining efforts to promote sustainable Gulf seafood for reasons that unite the economy, the ecology and regional culture.  

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Latest News
7:58 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Oyster Population Plunging Along Gulf Coast

Oysters.
Credit Deyan Georgiev / Shutterstock.com

The oyster population along the Gulf Coast is dropping dramatically.

Thousands of beds are producing less than a third of the crop recorded before the BP oil spill four years ago.

Experts are now studying whether the spill is connected to the spill.

Oysters had been in trouble before the spill. They had been hit by hurricanes, overfishing and two straight years of damaging fresh water.

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Science & Health
9:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Fishermen And Retailers Go High-Tech For Authentic Gulf Seafood

Fishermen, seafood processers and retailers use the Gulf Seafood Trace software package to compile data on wild-caught seafood.
Allen Shimada Wikimedia

Some studies have found a one in three chance that the fish on our restaurant plates or in the seafood case at the supermarket is mislabeled. A cheaper fish like tilapia may be sold as red snapper, for example.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Throw It Back, Or Throw A Dinner Party? Exploring 'Trash Fish'

Gulf squid and lionfish prepared as a Mexican seafood cocktail at GW Fins.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty sits down for a meal of under-utilized seafood meant to showcase what diners might be missing in the bounty of the Gulf.

The prospect of an exotic dining experience may conjure the unfamiliar food traditions of far-off lands or ingredients too luxurious for everyday meals. But recently I sat down for an intriguingly original dinner built around seafood that is not only found close to home but is also routinely discarded as soon as it’s caught — or else chopped up as bait to catch other fish.

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Latest News
3:59 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Louisiana's Non-Compliance Shortens Alabama's Snapper Season

The government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico to just nine days.
Extra Zebra

A leader in Alabama's charter fishing business says new federal limits on red snapper will hurt the state's industry.

The federal government has reduced this year's recreational snapper season in the Gulf of Mexico from 11 days to just nine days, starting June 1.

An arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decided the change was needed because Louisiana opened its state waters year-round in April.

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NolaVie
4:50 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Managing Menhaden: A New Plan For 'The Most Important Fish In The Sea'

A school of Menhaden fish.
Crabby Taxonomist flickr.com

They’re called bunker up north, and Pogies here in the South, and are sometimes referred to as “The Most Important Fish In the Sea”. These are the Menhaden.

Since it’s not a fish you eat, you’ve probably never heard of it. But the annual Menhaden Advisory Committee meeting was a big deal this year due to a new Menhaden management plan.

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Latest News
4:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Gulf Fisheries Listed Among Nation's Dirtiest

Shrimp and long-line fisheries in the Gulf were named some of the nation's "dirtiest" by the environmental group Oceana.
Bart Fields Flickr

Shrimp and long-line fisheries operating out of the Gulf are among the nation's nine “dirtiest fisheries”, according to a report released today by the ocean conservation group Oceana.

Oceana's “Wasted Catch” report lists fisheries with the largest amount of bycatch, which is fish and wildlife unintentionally caught when attempting to catch other species.

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