National Fisherman


The search for a missing New Jersey fisherman was suspended Thursday evening, hours after a commercial fishing boat capsized in Delaware Bay.

Two men from the Linda Claire were pulled from the cold waters of the bay by other fishermen in the area, The (Vineland, N.J.) Daily Journal reported. Chris Serra, 27, of Commercial, the Linda Claire's captain, was hanging on to the boat's bow, while Dave Wood, 25, of Commercial was rescued by a crewman from the Sandra Lee who jumped into the water to grab him.

Charles Owens, the Sandra Lee's captain, said he and his crew spotted the third man, Josh Catlett, 24, of Port Norris, but he vanished before he could be rescued.

The Coast Guard and New Jersey State Police searched the area for hours using boats and two helicopters but found no trace of Catlett.

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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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