Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 18 December 2009
As many of you may have seen on our home page and in our news updates this week, February brings an opportunity to count your voice and face among many other fishermen in a march on Washington.
Though the original release posted an earlier date, the protest is now scheduled for Feb. 24, which prevents it from falling during Congressional recess.
Fishermen from all walks will be gathering to urge for flexibility in the Magnuson-Stevens Act's rebuilding guidelines for overfished stocks.
As noted in our editor and publisher's Fish eNews mailing today (sign up here if you would like to receive Jerry Fraser's weekly editorial), Northeast fishermen may be well on their way to garnering some flexibility with Senate passage of a bill that allows for some wiggle room near the Hague Line, which divides Canadian and U.S. fishing grounds.
This little victory adds impetus to the agenda for the march.
Now is the perfect time to be heard and be relevant.
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.Read more...
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.Read more...