Written by Jen Finn
Recent news stories may have left some people with the wrong impression regarding the Pacific Fishery Management Council's upcoming decision — on April 9 — to adopt the Pacific Coast Fishery Ecosystem Plan.
These stories have implied rampant overfishing of forage species — like sardines — that the FEP supposedly will address by reducing catch limits on these fish in order to maintain a food source for bigger species like salmon and albacore.
However, this simply isn't true.
The council authorized development of the FEP to "enhance the council's species-specific management programs with more ecosystem science, broader ecosystem considerations and management policies that coordinate council management across its Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) and the California Current Ecosystem (CCE)."
Read the full story at The Californian>>
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...