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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Coming soon (well, late January 2011) to a movie theater or video store near you: a horror flick involving commercial fishermen.

"The Watermen," is the debut film of Newport News, Va. filmmaker Matt L. Lockhart, who wrote and directed this epic tale. In it, according to the Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1715223/ a clan of watermen captures a crew of sport fishermen.

The watermen take the anglers hostage and even cut some of them up for bait. In other words, the chums are turned into chum.
At any rate, trapped on an island, they must then fight for their lives. According to an article about the film http://articles.dailypress.com/2010-09-20/entertainment/dp-nws-poquoson-watermen-movie-20100920_1_watermen-bill-forrest-seafood-messick-road in the Daily Press in Newport News, seafood wholesaler Bill Forrest, of Bill Forrest Seafood in Poquoson, Va. — used as the watermen's hideout in the film — doubts that real Virginia watermen will take the film or the way they're portrayed in it seriously enough to be offended.

Alas, no further plot information is revealed, so I'm going have to wait along with you folks to find out how the "evil watermen" are foiled. I'll make what I suspect is a pretty good guess:

Federal and state fisheries management agencies will regulate them to death.

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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