Latest news: December 2, 2011

12.02.2011 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Oil spill claims expansion for shrimpers, crabbers is not retroactive

By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). November 30, 2011.

“In a move that Kenneth Feinberg hopes will bring holdout commercial fishers to the settlement table, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims czar announced Wednesday he will double compensation payments for shrimpers and crabbers. From now on, Feinberg’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility will compensate shrimp and crab harvesters at four times their documented 2010 losses, rather than the old formula of twice the 2010 losses. Those who have already received final payments will not be eligible for more money, he said…”

State to close some offshore waters to shrimping

By the Associated Press. December 2, 2011.

“BATON ROUGE, La. – State wildlife and fisheries regulators said the department will close a portion of Louisiana offshore territorial waters to shrimping on Dec. 20 at sunset. The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission said Thursday that the action is designed to protect small white shrimp and provide the opportunity for those populations to grow to larger, more marketable sizes…”