Written by Jen Finn
GREENBANK, Wash. — A 97-foot commercial fishing boat ran aground Tuesday morning near Bush Point on the west side of Whidbey Island.
The fishing boat Neahkannie was reported aground at 4 a.m., officials with the U.S. Coast Guard said. No one was reported injured. A coast guard crew from Port Angeles was dispatched to the scene, and no pollution was discovered. A Coast Guard patrol boat is on the scene and the Washington Department of Ecology is responding.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...