National Fisherman


GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- On Saturday, February 22, the Northeast Seafood Coalition will host a fundraiser, including a raffle and auction, with the proceeds going to benefit the work of the NSC in advocating on behalf of the region's struggling groundfishermen. The event will take place from 6-11 p.m. at The Gloucester House, located at 63 Rogers Street in Gloucester, Mass.

 Admission to the event includes dinner and live music from the band Just Like Newman. The NSC will also be hosting an auction and a 50/50 raffle, awarding $18,500 in prize money. The winner of the raffle will take home $10,000, with $5000 awarded to the runner-up. Third prize wins $2,000, with $1,000 and $500 going to fourth and fifth place. Tickets to the event are $100, and will go directly to helping NSC continue to work for our fishermen and fishing communities.

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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