National Fisherman


A bill that would ban commercial fisherman from catching puppy drum, speckled trout, and estuary striped bass is still very much alive in the General Assembly, despite earlier conflicting reports.

The gamefish legislation, which would only allow the hook-and-line catches of the three popular species, is considered a state spending bill because it also would compensate commercial fisherman for losing out on selling the fish and includes money to pay for inlet dredging.

Because the bill is considered an appropriation measure, it was exempt from having to meet last week's crossover deadline.

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Inside the Industry

Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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