National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

It's been a busy week in New England.

I kicked it off in Boston for the International Boston Seafood Show on Monday and Tuesday, where the big talk was sustainability and promoting healthy fisheries.

Oddly enough, I spent a lot of time in Boston talking about Alaska seafood. And specifically Alaska salmon, which in many ways is swimming upstream once again in moving forward with a third-party FAO-based certification program that's not the Marine Stewardship Council.

Salmon seasons may have their ups and downs, but there is no question the fishery is sustainable. Yet, if anyone tries to think outside the box, they have to answer to big-box retailers. We'll let the Alaska folks do that, because they're good at it.

But once they pave the way, yet again, for fisheries across the country, don't forget to thank them later. At least buy a few extra sockeye for your Fourth of July party this year.

Moving north from Boston and feeling the need to reorient myself to northern New England, I hopped over to the Maine Boatbuilder's Show at Portland Yacht Services.

Nothing will make you appreciate the heyday of wooden boatbuilding like climbing around in an 80-year-old wooden sailboat.

I'm sure I'll be shocked out of my wooden-boat haze come Wednesday, when I'll meet up with fishermen from around the country for the Keep Fishermen Fishing rally in Washington, D.C.

I hope you can join us there at noon on Wednesday, March 21! For more information, visit www.keepfishermenfishing.com.

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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