National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

First things first. It's almost Thanksgiving. But as soon as that holiday is wrapped, I will be gearing up not for Black Friday but to head west to Seattle for the 45th annual Pacific Marine Expo.

It's all happening from Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 27-29, at Seattle's Century Link Field.

My team and I always strive to bring something extra to the expo, and this year is no exception.

As usual, we will be covering the show floor gathering stories for the National Fisherman Show Daily. So if you see us coming at you with a camera, don't hide!

We'll be holding our second annual Boatyard Day on Wednesday, which includes a keynote address from Jensen Maritime President Johan Sperling and the presentation of our Boats & Gear awards.

On Thursday don't miss your chance to have Breakfast with the Editors and attend the Profitable Harvest session from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Registration is limited, so sign up now.

Right after Profitable Harvest, we'll jump down to the Keynote Area to watch you compete for the annual Fisherman of the Year contest.

Every day of the show offers book signings from some of your favorite maritime authors, including Joe Upton and Spike Walker; happy hour in the Beer Garden, sponsored by ZF; a stellar (and free!) conference program, including a Tuesday morning keynote address and Q&A session with Sam Rauch, NMFS director.

In the meantime, come by booth #1021 to check in with the NF crew.

See you at the show!

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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