National Fisherman


Corning, NY — Citing threats to the Finger Lakes and other upstate New York waterways, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is proposing a federal grant program to combat invasive aquatic species.

Schumer wants to create an early detection and rapid response grant program to “attack these species when they are easily and cheaply eradicated.”

Many invasive aquatic plant and animal species can be easily spread and can take hold quickly, affecting tourism, recreation, commercial fishing and shipping, he said.

Under Schumer’s proposed legislation, states could petition the Department of Interior for a grant and technical assistance as soon as they identify a threat from an invasive species.

His plan calls for “active detection networks” at the local level to identify a potential threat, and he wants multiple agencies at the federal, state and local level to work together to contain or eradicate the invasive species. Schumer’s legislation would put funding in place quickly, he said.

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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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