National Fisherman


Chesapeake watermen at work

Photo essay by Jay fleming and Fred Stocker

The Delmarva Peninsula is flanked by the productive fishing grounds of the Chesapeake Bay watershed — Chesapeake Bay to the west and Delaware Bay to the east. Jay Fleming and Fred Stocker capture the heart of the nation's watermen with documentary photography.

Jay Fleming comes from a family of passionate photographers. His father, Kevin Fleming, was a National Geographic photographer. At a young age Jay tagged along on assignments and used hand-me-down gear. It didn't take long for him to branch off on his own, aligning his passions and interests with his work, which currently focuses on fisheries, underwater wildlife and cultural history in the Chesapeake Bay. Jay plans to compile his work on Chesapeake watermen into a book that documents the many ways people make a living off the water in the bay's watershed.

Fred Stocker spent the first 10 years of his life on Dover Point, N.H., located on beautiful Great Bay.

"I used to spend time in John Newick's big red barn, watching him build wood lobster traps. I think that's where my love for the fishing business began."

Stocker has contributed to many major publications, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.

He currently resides in Maryland with his feline friend, "Max, the wonder cat."

Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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