National Fisherman


The coastal rhythm of shrimp boats going to sea and returning to dock at Darien goes back generations. And for many families there, it's very personal.

It is for Holly Boone.

Her husband, Greg, his father, grandfather, uncles and cousins have made their livings by shrimping in the coastal Georgia waters. That is why this Sunday's Blessing of the Fleet at the Darien waterfront is so meaningful to her.

"It's much more than a festival to my family. It marks the beginning of shrimping season," she said.

"On Sunday, the whole county and more gather to watch as our boats are blessed, by asking God to first watch over our loved ones while they are on the ocean, and, second, for a bountiful harvest."

The three days of festivities that begin Friday draw plenty of people for arts and crafts, live music and a parade.

But for shrimping families like Boone's, the main event - the blessing of the boats - is the most poignant. That is when a clergyman prays over the boats assembled near a bridge over the Darien River.

"The best memories are made on Sunday. We usually have a huge group to fill the boat for hotdogs and a ride down the river. Friends, family and even a few strangers that just ask to ride. It means a lot to spend the time together.

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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.

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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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