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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

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Will the feeling of hope spurred by yesterday's inauguration of President Barack Obama extend to U.S. commercial fishermen?

I hope so.

I hope a new director for NMFS is named soon. I hope that the new agency head will establish a fisheries management policy that promotes sustainable fisheries, yet balances the needs of fish and fishermen.

I hope IFQs aren't implemented simply to shrink fleet sizes so that U.S. fisheries are easier to manage. I hope if they are implemented, that quota shares are distributed fairly and equitably to as many fishermen as possible.

I hope Northeast groundfishermen get to fish more than 20 days a year.

I hope that federal water policies will reflect the need for healthy water flows to enable Pacific salmon populations to rebound.

I hope hurricanes stay the hell away from the Gulf of Mexico.

Wishing and hoping won't make any of those dreams come true. But fishermen already know what it means to roll up their sleeves and work hard to complete difficult tasks. Those are qualities Obama is calling upon all Americans to tap into when tackling the nation's daunting problems in the days that lie ahead.

If that's the case, then here's hoping a greater era of prosperity lies ahead for all U.S. fishermen, regardless of boat size, fishery or gear type.

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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