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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Never let it be said fishermen don't recycle. And if doing so helps educate the general public about the U.S. commercial fishing industry, then so much the better.

Allow me to pass along one of our reader's ideas for spreading the gospel to the general public. In an e-mail sent to Hoyt Childers, our Gulf/South Atlantic bureau chief, a reader suggests that NF subscribers leave their used issues of the magazine at local libraries for the general public to read.

Hoyt thought it was a good idea and forwarded it along to us, and I'm passing it along to you. In fact, Hoyt added that he leaves copies of the magazine in doctors and dentists offices, too.

These days in our high tech society, lots of folks spend time text messaging on their cell phones, sharing their thoughts via MySpace or Facebook pages (or is that MyFace and Spacebook?), tweeting away on Twitter or, er, blogging on Web pages. But going old school and simply passing on copies of the magazine to folks that wouldn't ordinarily have access to it — as well as the insight about commercial fishing contained within it — is a great idea, too. Any ideas that raise commercial fishing's profile in the eyes of the general public are good ones. NF Nation, keep them coming!

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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