National Fisherman


About a month ago, I got one of those cold calls at the office that make you glad to answer the phone.

It was from Leo Lovel — owner of Spring Creek Restaurant in Wakulla County and author of the marvelous "Spring Creek Chronicles" — inviting me down to eat some oysters. Not just any oysters, mind you, his oysters, ones grown in cages from tiny seeds right there in Alligator Harbor by him and his sons, Ben and Clay.

"They are snow white on the inside and so salty, they will burn your lips," Leo told me.

Then he hit me with this: "This could be the rebirth of the seafood industry in North Florida."

If you read my Sunday story about the Lovels' oyster farming effort, you'll read those quotes again. The first one is just too good to not repeat. The second one, it turns out talking to aquaculture folks, may just be true.

Read the full story at Tallahassee Democrat>>

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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