National Fisherman


Next week, weather permitting, scientists from the University of Massachusetts' Gloucester-based marine research center will head out to sea from Cape Cod in search of bluefin tuna.

They won't be looking for the giant bluefin or the babies. They'll be searching for the juvenile bluefins. For those juveniles, swimming in their middle schools, tagging season is about to begin.

The project, being coordinated by researchers and scientists at UMass' Large Pelagics Research Center based in Gloucester's Hodgkins Cove, will use the latest in electronic pop-up satellite tags to help develop enough data about these teenage tuna to potentially answer questions about migratory patterns, swimming depth, growth rate, breeding and the mixing of tuna from the western and eastern fishing grounds.

"We see this project having extraordinary value in terms of providing long-term data that could help us better understand these fish," said Molly Lutcavage, the director and research professor at the local UMass facility. "It's immensely important."

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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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