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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

It's not every day that Dame Fortune calls you.

I mean literally calls you. The phone rang, I picked up the receiver and there was Dame Fortune on the line.

I have, of course, been awaiting this call for years. I am not fussy; music, TV, movies, it's all good. All I ask is that my undeniable talent, good looks and awe-inspiring modesty are finally recognized.

Alas, the call wasn't actually for me. It was for you. Despite my disappointment, I took a message, which I am dutifully passing along.

It seems that a United Kingdom-based TV production company called Tiger Aspect Productions http://www.tigeraspect.co.uk is in the process of developing a TV series that will explore all manner of commercial marine vessels in the United States and around the world. The show aims to introduce viewers to the folks who make these vessels run, showcase the engineering and technical wonders of the vessels, and give viewers a passenger seat on the incredible journeys the boats take every day.

Hence, the company seeks a host for the program. The ideal candidate will be a "true passionate fanatic of boats and maritime history who can help communicate this passion to our audience," according to a company blurb Ms. Fortune was kind enough to send. They want someone with real-world on-the-water experience, such as a former captain from a naval fleet, or freight cargo ship, or a tugboat operator, or even a commercial fishing boat skipper.

That sounds like you, doesn't it?

If you're selected, you'll travel around the country and the world to spotlight the past, present and future of vessels from ice breakers in the Arctic to the biggest cruise liners sailing the Caribbean and more.

If you feel like this gig fits you to a T, send an e-mail to fred_grinstein@tigeraspectusa.com or call (212) 774-8798. Tell them a little about yourself, your passion for boating and where it's taken you. And while you're at it, include a photo of your bad self and a link to any Web sites or video you might have.

Good luck, and here's hoping Dame Fortune smiles upon you.

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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