National Fisherman


Sport fishermen at the mouth of the Columbia River are protesting a decision to raise parking fees at the Port of Astoria.

Bob Rees says the $20-a-day fee strikes many in the sport-fishing groups he represents as price-gouging, or revenge for recent changes in gillnetting on the river that restrict commercial fishing.

But a member of the port's commission, Stephen Fulton, says the port is "bleeding money" and needs the revenue. He says the gillnetting controversy has nothing to do with the parking fees.

Read the full story at the Daily Astorian>>

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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