National Fisherman


The search for a missing Franklin County oysterman ended Tuesday afternoon, nearly 30 hours after his boat sank in Apalachicola Bay.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the body of Brandon Wayne "Bruno" Creamer was found about a mile from where he was last seen Monday morning. His companion, Billie Murray of Eastpoint, was rescued by another boater but Creamer had disappeared below the surface before he could be reached.

The agency was assisted in its efforts by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Gulf County Sheriff's Office and several private vessels.

Divers using handheld sonar units began the second day of the search with an inspection of Creamer's submerged vessel. The boat sits intact in about 10 feet of water, several hundred yards west of the Bryant Patton Bridge connecting Eastpoint to St. George Island.

Strong currents and low visibility made diving difficult, said Lt. Charlie Wood of the FFWCC's Division of Law Enforcement. "As strong as they were, the divers were having problems staying there and the water visibility is very, very dim," Wood 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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