National Fisherman


HARPSWELL, Maine — Less than three days after swimming from his sinking lobster boat to a small island off Long Point, 90-year-old Philip Tuttle laughed when asked if he plans to haul traps again any time soon.

"Course," he said. "On Thursday, I think. I'm ready. I'm going to be. I'll be all right."

Sitting beneath a picture window overlooking the ocean, Tuttle looked down at his heavily bandaged legs and recalled the ordeal that sent him swimming from his sinking lobster boat, the Queen Tut, to rocks, where he was rescued by his relieved family.

Tuttle left his home on Long Point late Saturday afternoon after leaving his wife a note that he was heading out to check a trap and would be right back, his daughter-in-law, Verian Tuttle, said. But when he didn't return in time for dinner, they knew something was wrong.

The Queen Tut, the 26-foot lobster boat that Tuttle has lobstered in for decades with his children and grandchildren, had run aground on ledges that Tuttle said he has hit before.

This time, though, instead of bouncing off the ledges, the boat rolled onto its left side and began taking on water — fast.

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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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