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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

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In less than a week, commercial and recreational fishermen are converging on the nation's capitol to show their support for legislation aimed at amending the Magnuson-Stevens Act so that fish and fishermen can thrive.

Participants from a variety of coastal states attending the Keep Fishermen Fishing rally in Washington, D.C. this Wednesday, March 21 will meet in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol building. They aim educate the general public and legislators about the onerous and devastating effects the nation's fishing law has upon fishermen and fishing communities.

Trying to figure out how you can get down there? Well, rally organizers are providing buses to transport fishermen to the demonstration and back home again. The Keep Fishermen Fishing website can also hip you to a variety of other things to know, including best ways of getting around Washington, what kind of items you're permitted to bring to the rally site, and suggestions of what kinds of signs to make.

The 2010 rally in Washington garnered plenty of attention from the media, and more importantly, from Capitol Hill lawmakers. Here's hoping this year's rally will build on that momentum and open more eyes to the plight of U.S. fishermen — and more importantly, do something 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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