National Fisherman


Brian Marder, of Marder Trawling on Hassey Street in New Bedford, said he cringed when he read the quote from a UMass student regarding the edibility of dogfish.

"I only know about these spe­cies because I go deep-sea fish­ing," said Riley Jones, a freshman medical laboratory science major at UMass Dartmouth, "but we never keep dogfish because we were told they're inedible. I wasn't even aware you could cook them."

Well, Jones sampled the dogfish at UMass on Tuesday, so now he knows: Indeed, you can cook them and you can eat and enjoy them.

The UMass taste test included three other species only marginally targeted by New Bedford groundfishermen: hake, pollock and redfish, all of which are plentiful and underfished in local waters.

The taste test is part of a push to find better choices for the beleaguered groundfishing fleet as their traditional catches such as cod and yellowtail flounder are regulated right out of their trawls.

The coordination among UMass, its food service vendor Chartwells, Plymouth-based Open Ocean Trading and local fishermen offers great potential: for more fish to be caught and sold, better prices for Chartwells and UMass, and fresher fish being eaten by UMass students here and across the state.

It seems like the perfect solution.

But it isn't.

Marder catches and sells dogfish — "99.999 percent" goes to overseas markets, he says — and would be happy to be selling more than .001 percent here.

Read the full story at the New Bedford Standard 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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