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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Last month, I wrote about “The Watermen,” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1715223/ a horror film being shot in Virginia in which a clan of commercial fishermen captures a crew of sport fishermen; trapped on an island, the anglers must fight for their lives.
Well, with Halloween little more than a week away, it seems only fitting to write about another horror movie being filmed that has a commercial fishing background. But it’s a horror movie of a different sort — one that’s all too real to New England fishermen.



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Catch share management is coming to the West Coast groundfish fishery starting Jan. 1, 2011. The question is, will the West Coast fleet find life under catch share management more palatable than do their New England counterparts?
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If it's fall, it must be waterfront festival time.

Just take a look at our calendar list of industry-related events. In September alone, such festivals were held in Los Angeles, Astoria, Ore., Hatteras Village, N.C., New Bedford, Mass., and Seattle. In these and other ports all over the country, dockside festivals celebrate a region's working waterfronts.
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NMFS announced Wednesday that it has tapped Preston Pate, former chief of North Carolina's Division of Marine Fisheries, to manage a regional assessment and management review of New England's fisheries management process.
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Coming soon (well, late January 2011) to a movie theater or video store near you: a horror flick involving commercial fishermen.
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We're about ready to celebrate a milestone here at National Fisherman. When the November issue arrives in your mailbox, we'll be blowing out the candles on the proverbial birthday cake (and keeping a fire extinguisher handy) to celebrate our 50th anniversary.
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It's nice to head into the weekend sharing a little good news. Looks like Washington and British Columbia fishermen are enjoying an unexpected bonanza of salmon returning to the Fraser River.
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Think only New England groundfishermen have a problem with NOAA/NMFS? Ask Mid-Atlantic fishermen how well they think the agency is managing their commercial fisheries.
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If, like me, you are less than fastidious in your housekeeping duties, you must sometimes swing into emergency cleaning mode when company is coming.
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Word is that the "static kill" of the Deepwater Horizon well is successful. But that doesn't mean that Gulf Coast states are out of the woods just yet.
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Page 23 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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