Written by Jen Finn
NEW BEDFORD — NOAA Fisheries has opened a two-week comment window on the much-disputed multi-species fishing regulations and restrictions for the year starting May 1 in the Northeast.
Sharp cutbacks in the catch of cod and yellowtail flounder in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank have been recommended by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries regional administrator, John Bullard. Fishermen predict that smaller boats will be driven out of business because of the sharp reductions in allowable catch, up to 80 percent over the current year.
There are, however, increased catch limits for healthy stocks such as redfish and pollock.
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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...