Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 02 July 2010
As Fourth of July weekend approaches, what is more American than residents of a town reaching out to help a Louisiana fishing community that is suffering from the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?
In Maine, a Bangor Daily News editorial http://bangordailynews.com/2010/06/30/opinion/helping-gulf-fishermen/ this week relates the story of Down-East fishermen who found a way to help their Gulf Coast brethren, free of corporate or bureaucratic red tape.
Little Cranbury Island lobstermen organized a fundraising community dinner featuring local seafood donated for the dinner and an accompanying raffle. A true community effort, island residents turned out in full and raised $1,915.
Next, they got to work to determine how and where to send the money. A little Internet research led them to the fishing community of Dulac, La., which is about the size of the Little Cranbury Island community of Isleford. Isleford's postmaster then contacted Dulac's postmaster to inquire where to send the money.
The answer was to send the funds to the Dulac Community Center, a mission project of the United Methodist Church, which provides help to the area. And that's just what they did.
According to the editorial, the Isleford residents hope that other Maine communities will follow suit. We do, too. In fact, let's widen the effort.
There are fishing communities on all coasts that have the same kind of heart Isleford does. If such a movement catches on in fishing communities, then it can catch on in more landlocked towns, too.
And if enough towns follow Isleford's lead, then Gulf Coast fishing communities could receive some sorely needed assistance — not to mention a little love.
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.Read more...
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.Read more...