Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Friday, 24 February 2012
Or a ticket. Or a ride. Whatever you do, get yourself to Washington, D.C., for the March 21 Keep Fishermen Fishing rally.
Fishermen from around the country, both commercial and recreational, will gather in support of sensible reform of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
The act's rebuilding guidelines require that any species designated overfished must be managed in such a way that the biomass is able to be deemed recovered within 10 years. That 10-year rule is arbitrary and has no basis in fishery science.
Help us send a message to our federal legislators that amending Magnuson can help working waterfront communities by focusing on the balance between marine conservation and coastal commerce, as the law was intended to do.
A similar rally in February 2010 gave fishing communities a stronger voice on Capitol Hill. Join us and bring your voice to the fore.
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...