National Fisherman


 

NEWPORT – If you are looking for something to celebrate, try this. Friday is National Shrimp Day.

Why should you care?

For one thing, it's the No. 2 fishery in Oregon, second only to our state crustacean, the Dungeness Crab. For another, shrimp is the most popular seafood in the country, a rating it's held, according to NOAA every year since 2003.

Perhaps, even more importantly, the Oregon pink shrimp fishery was the first fishery in Oregon certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council and the first shrimp fishery anywhere dubbed sustainable.

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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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