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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Fishermen know all about the pain of unexpectedly losing loved ones. We know it, too.

We learned last week that we'd lost a member of our corporate family, Hasket Hildreth, a member of our board of directors. If you're thinking he was one of those corporate guys who wore three-piece suits everywhere, you'd be wrong.

In point of fact, Hasket was, like you, most at home on the water. He tried the 9-to-5 life, but he found his true calling sailing. He designed and built the Frances, a beamy, beautiful single-masted sloop. He and partner Megan Jones owned the homemade vessel, which was launched in 2004.

Hasket captained the Frances, designed after 1800s-era fishing boats, taking folks on day sailing trips from the Maine State Pier here in Portland. Thanks to Hasket's generosity and the work of his crew, the National Fisherman editorial team enjoyed a very pleasant late afternoon sail around Casco Bay aboard the Frances a couple of summers ago, a prelude to one of the nicest summer evenings experienced in recent memory.

I can't tell you that I knew him well. But by all accounts, and from what I observed that beautiful day, Hasket was truly in his element. He was doing what he loved. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to say that.

But fishermen know all about doing what you love, too. That passion for spending life doing something you truly love is what I think really distinguishes fishermen the most. You understand the value of loving the work you do, and so did Hasket. Everyone should be so lucky.

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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