Written by Jen Finn
National Fisherman's 2011 Highliners
No one who navigates the complicated web of U.S. fishery management would discount the value of being an innovative thinker and a man (or woman) of action.
Every year, we stretch the traditional definition of a highliner to honor three people who not only make a splash in their day job of fishing but also strive to give back to their local fishing community, the national commercial community, or both.
These criteria made it easy to select our 2011 Highliners. Larry Collins of San Francisco; Dan Falvey of Sitka, Alaska; and Bill Webber Jr. of Cordova, Alaska, are bona fide innovators and men of action, each in his own way.
— Jessica Hathaway
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...