Written by Jen Finn
Last week's announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that it would steer up to $10 million of seafood import tariff money into a fund designed to upgrade fishing fleets and provide support so fishing communities can transition to their futures was hailed as a good first step toward aiding the industry.
And perhaps that's what it will be: a very, very tiny baby step that will do some good over time.
But as Gloucester fishermen Joe DiMaio put it, "there is no time." And when it comes to Gloucester and New England fishermen's true needs, there remains no money either.
So to hear Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others proclaiming this NOAA gesture "an excellent chance for our ports" is disappointing, to say the least.
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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...