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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

One thing we’re keenly aware of here at National Fisherman is that our readers are a sharp bunch. If they see something in a news story that makes them raise their eyebrow, they let us know about it, and right quick, too.


Take for example a Washington Post news story we posted this morning on the NF website concerning a dearth of blue crabs available to Delmarva area (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia) consumers this summer, despite bountiful spring landings. According to the story, Mother Nature unleashed a cold spell, followed by a hot spell and winds that made the normally abundant crabs scarce.

The dateline on the story reads “Fenwick Island, Md.” And up went the eyebrow of one of our readers, who quickly zapped an email our way.

“There is no Fenwick Island, MD,” the email states, “perhaps in Delaware on the Ocean…” It adds that “the crabs seem to be plentiful in Crisfield, MD, known as Crab Capitol of the World right now which is on Chesapeake Bay, which [is] where most blue crabs in our region come from.”

Well, a Google search indicates that Fenwick Island is indeed a coastal town in Delaware, not Maryland. Located just north of the Maryland-Delaware border, it has a population of 379, according to 2010 U.S. census figures.

If you scroll to the bottom of the Post story, you find a note that says “Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.” The Times serves the Delmarva region.

Go to the Times website, and you’ll find their story, which appears with a dateline that simply reads “Fenwick Island,” with no indication as to the town's state of residence.

Mind you, the Washington Post is no slouch of a newspaper. Trust me, a lot of gnashing of teeth goes on in a newsroom when that kind of error is made, especially when it’s in your local coverage area.

It makes the rest of us media folks shudder, because we know, no matter how vigilant we may be in trying to prevent such mistakes, there but for the grace of God go we. And we know that when such mistakes occur, you, gentle reader, and your raised eyebrow, will be there to let us know about it.

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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