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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Apparently, Mother Nature is a big April Fools Day fan. The calendar says it's spring, but Mama N. decided it would be hilarious to drop lots of heavy, wet snow on those of us residing in the Northeast. Ha-ha! Good one!
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Gas prices are creeping north towards the $4 a gallon mark again, aren't they?
Here in Portland, Maine, gas prices are ranging from $3.45 to $3.59. West Coast motorists are likely envious.
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The Feb. 25 fishermen's rally that took place in St. Petersburg, Fla., took place a day after the anniversary of the national fishermen's rally held last year in Washington, D.C. Do you wonder how effective last year's rally was?
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Northeast groundfishermen have finally gotten something they've wanted for a long time — national media exposure highlighting the controversy surrounding NOAA enforcement practices.
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Listen up, Baby New Year! You've got a big job ahead of you, because 2010 wasn't the kindest year for the U.S. commercial fishing industry.
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Dear Buddy the Elf,

Season's Greetings, Buddy. Bear with me — I know Christmas is Saturday and you and Santa and the other elves are out straight at the North Pole Christmas compound.
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Got a hankering for lobster? There's an app for that.

Yup, if you own an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, your hunger for lobster can be sated by the folks at Dorr Lobster Co. in Milbridge, Maine. The family operation has gone high tech in an effort to carve out a niche in the highly competitive lobster industry.
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Alaska wild-caught salmon is definitely in fashion these days — one need only get a load of what Copper River salmon commands for price to understand that. But now the word is the state's prized fish has the opportunity to become fashion.
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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council in October tackled a thorny subject — funding observer coverage.
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It appears New England groundfishermen aren't alone in their distaste for catch share management. West Coast groundfishermen say they're suing the Department of Commerce over a catch share program that's slated to begin Jan. 1, 2011.
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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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