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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

There's plenty to like in the February issue of NF — our annual diesel engine spectacular alone is worth the price of admission. You can't wait to get your mitts on it, can you? I can't blame you.

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There I was, walking down Commercial Street in Portland the other day, intent on getting a couple of slices at Bill's Pizza, when I bumped into an old — and I mean really old — acquaintance.

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When I began working at National Fisherman in late 1994, even back then efforts to revive struggling Northeast groundfish stocks were in full swing. But the groundfish stock rebuilding work predates my arrival in our former Rockland, Maine, offices.

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Yes, New England groundfishermen, there is a Santa Claus. NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco says she's leaving the agency at the end of February to return to her family on the West Coast and academia.

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Nathan and the Stone Crabs2

 

Nathan and the Stone Crabs
By J.B. Crawford
CreateSpace, 2011
Softcover, 216 pp., $12.95
www.amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com

"Stone crabs is the onliest things in the ocean that a man can take out, harvest, return to the water and then come back to harvest again," writes J.B. Crawford in his novel "Nathan and the Stone Crabs." "Stone crabs, they live on. Come back to fight another day."

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As I begin the process of trying to decide what to get my peeps for Christmas this year, my thoughts are turning to seafood. It's a great gift selection because it's delicious, nutritious, and requires only limited storage time before it's devoured and gone.

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The Northeast Regional Ocean Council's regional planning body held its inaugural meeting this week at a two-day session at the Clarion Hotel in Portland, Maine where they began the daunting task of figuring out how best to manage use of the region's oceans.

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Well, hello there! Come on in and make yourself comfortable. So, how do you like the new-look NF website? Pretty spiffy, eh?

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Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission chose to honor the state’s servicemen on Veteran’s Day by implementing changes to commercial licensing requirements that should make it easier for Florida veterans and veterans with disabilities to enter the commercial fishing industry.

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Halloween arrives next week, but what's really scary in this presidential election year is the prospect of eligible voters not casting their ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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Page 15 of 32

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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