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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Northeast groundfishermen have finally gotten something they've wanted for a long time — national media exposure highlighting the controversy surrounding NOAA enforcement practices.

Wednesday night, the "CBS Evening News" broadcast a story examining NOAA's aggressive fisheries enforcement practices in the northeast. The story ran 3 minutes and 51 seconds; that's a lifetime in a television newscast.

Reporter Armen Keteyian did a good job of outlining the enforcement problems and letting fishermen illustrate the disastrous effects the enforcement practices have had upon Northeast fishermen. If you haven't seen the story yet, you can watch it on the CBS News website.

 http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7356343n

So a network TV news organization has broadcast the story; now what? Will network TV exposure be enough to turn a white-hot spotlight on NOAA?

CBS broadcasting the story is a big deal, but in and of itself, the broadcast won't remedy the situation. However, the story can be a valuable tool in educating the mainstream media, general public and Congress about the situation.

Every member of Congress needs to see this story, which means you  — yes, you — need to send them the link so that they can view it for themselves. Post it on YouTube, share it on Facebook and other social media platforms. The more the story spreads, the more a groundswell of public opinion will form that federal fisheries policies must change.

Getting the support of the public and Congress will be key to having any changes made. The proverbial snowball is starting to roll downhill. Now it's time to help it gather some serious speed.

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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