National Fisherman


Fishermen returned to the waters of Tabusintac, N.B. on Tuesday, three days after three young lobster fishermen were lost at sea.

While the business of fishing and selling lobster has resumed in the area, the tragedy is weighing heavy on the fishermen's hearts.

"Well, everybody just feels terrible...can't believe that it happened and it's going to take a while to get over it,' says fisherman James MacEachern. "Every time we go in and out of the gully that's all you're thinking about."

The gully is a strip of water off shore where boats must go to access fishing grounds.

Samuel-René Boutin, 23, of Saumarez, Alfred Rousselle, 32, of Brantville and Ian Benoit, 35, of Tabusintac were killed when their boat hit a sandbar near Tabusintac on Saturday.

Their bodies were recovered from the shoreline over the weekend following an extensive search of the area.

Many fishermen in Tabunsintac knew the men lost at sea.

"You don't feel as happy to go fishing as it was before, that's for sure," says fisherman Adam Robichaud. "Because, like, here we're a big family. Everybody helps each other so it's a big loss for sure."

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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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