Written by Jen Finn
Commercial fishing requires a lot more than sea legs and a sturdy boat. I knew this, but I re-learned it first-hand this past week.
I've just returned from several days in the extraordinarily scenic Alaskan fishing town of Cordova, where I got a broad and in-depth perspective of where one of my favorite seafood items – Copper River salmon – comes from and how it's managed by the fisherman and the State of Alaska.
A healthy fishing community DOES take a village.
"People are really letting us take care of their fish," said Mike Poole, part of Cordova's fleet since 1978 and a former member of the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association's board. "It's the public's natural resource, and we are privileged to fish it."
Interestingly, the chain-restaurant demand for fish and seafood has been growing. A survey in 2011 by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute found "a steady increase in consumption at chain restaurants" with 36 percent of consumer respondents saying they ate more than two years before, and 58 percent saying they ate the same amount.
Read the full story at Nation's Restaurant News>>
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.Read more...
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.Read more...