National Fisherman


All seafood is local, somewhere.

A bill in the state legislature would define "local seafood" as those species caught or grown in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and make it a misdemeanor for anyone to say otherwise.

"My overall philosophy is, don't lie to me," said state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, who introduced the bill last week. "Tell me the truth about what's on the menu."

The bill amends the current state law that covers mislabeling of foods. It prohibits wholesalers or retailers from selling "nonlocal seafood as local seafood." It also extends the prohibition on false advertising of foods to include "the information contained on the menu of any establishment selling seafood."

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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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