National Fisherman


This morning, the editors of National Fisherman had a photo shoot, if you want to call it that. There was no make-up or hair people or special lighting. Instead of a photo studio we were at the fishing docks, where we made our way around stacks of green and yellow lobster traps, empty but still smelly fish holds, swarms of flies, and my favorite, a pile of freshly unloaded garbage bags to a beautiful background view of Portland Harbor.


We work for a commercial fishing magazine so being glamorous is not the point. This November the faces of Jes Hathaway, Linc Bedrosian and I will be plastered onto the National Fisherman booth at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. We'll be there too.* With our photos up, hopefully you'll recognize us and say hello. Let us know what you think about the magazine, both good and bad — but please be kind about the photo.

We could also talk at breakfast. On the third day of this year's Expo, the editors of National Fisherman will be hosting a "working breakfast" to kick off the Profitable Harvest portion of the show. If you're not familiar with Profitable Harvest, it's just what the name says: three hours of presenters, panels, roundtables and networking all with the goal of helping you maximize your profits.

We've still got a lot to do as we get ready for the Pacific Marine Expo, which takes place this year on Nov. 27-29, the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after Thanksgiving. Hope to see you there!

*Note: Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian will not be at the Expo, but Boats & Gear Editor Michael Crowley will be at the booth and at the Profitable Harvest working breakfast. Mike couldn't make it to the photo shoot, but we'll make sure to get his photo on the booth so you recognize him too.

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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