National Fisherman


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of well loved Ballard crab fisherman Arne Haugen on June 7. Haugen meant a great deal to many in the Ballard community and the local crab fishing industry.

Haugen was born in Norway in 1938 and eventually found his way to Ballard with his wife Judy. He was a prominent member of the Ballard community and will be missed by the many that knew him. “Arne, young at heart, and with a warm spirit made an impression on many. He is in the hearts and memories of the entire Ballard community,” wrote reader Tom Kluge, who emailed to inform us of Haugen’s passing.

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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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