National Fisherman


"'No' means 'find another way.'"

With those words on Tuesday, Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk raised an interesting perspective regarding NOAA's absolutely job-killing — and industry-threatening — cuts in Gulf of Maine cod and other fish stocks for the new commercial fishing year that began Wednesday.

And the mayor's comment that it was now up to the state and to fishing municipalities to forge policies that can save as much of the groundfishing fleet as possible indeed raises some interesting possibilities, while reflecting the kind of open-minded optimism that Gloucester, other fishing communities and the industry no doubt need.

But the mayor and others looking to carve out a viable solution for waterfront communities anchored to commercial fishing to support their economies would do well to recognize that any such future also demands federal cooperation and aid.

Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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