National Fisherman


SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — One of two men aboard a commercial fishing vessel was found dead after the boat capsized Sunday off the coast of Long Island, authorities said.

The body of Stian Stiansen, 85, was recovered on a beach about an hour after the 45-foot trawler called Pauline IV capsized in rough waters just outside the Shinnecock Inlet, Southampton Town Police Detective James Mazzio said.

Stiansen was rushed to a local hospital and pronounced dead 40 minutes after being discovered.

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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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