National Fisherman


Washington and Oregon approved eight hours of gillnetting Sunday night in the lower Columbia River from Beacon Rock to the ocean.

The commercial fleet will fish from 9 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday with 8-inch-mesh nets. Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the commercials are projected to catch about 2,500 summer chinook salmon and 280 sturgeon.

The non-Indian commercial allocation of summer chinook is 2,585, Roler said.

A run of 73,000 summer chinook are forecast to enter the Columbia River destined for the upper Columbia in central Washington.

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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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