National Fisherman


CAPE COD — Chatham fisherman John Tuttle was born and raised on the Cape and fishing seemed like a logical choice for a career when he started 35 years ago. In the years since, he has seen many changes.

When he first began fishing, he started off sea scalloping out of Hyannis. He then moved to Chatham to continue scalloping, but switched to ground fishing for cod a few years later. Two years ago, he made the switch to fishing for dogfish off his 40-foot fishing vessel Cuda.

“The ground fish stocks are in tough shape, so it was a good alternative for me,” he says. “There’s a big biomass of dogfish on the East Coast now. It’s historically high and basically it’s taking over the ocean.”

Since the price of dogfish is so low, John fishes alone out of the Chatham Fish Pier. He uses long lines that are pre-baited with herring before he heads out to sea. He goes anywhere from three to 10 miles out and uses fish-finding equipment to locate the dogfish.

“They’re not hard to find,” he says. “They’re everywhere. They’re actually a little sand shark.”

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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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