National Fisherman


The 2013 Alaska commercial salmon catch is a record total of 260 million as of Aug. 27.

Commercial fishermen landed about 24 million salmon in the last week of August, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's bluesheet estimate.

Much of the catch is coming from Southeast Alaska, where fishermen landed about 13 million pinks from Aug. 20 to Aug. 27, for a total of 85 million pinks and 98.4 million salmon total.

Statewide, the harvest of 209.5 million pinks nearly doubled the state's pink forecast of 117.8 million fish, and also exceeded ADFG's forecast of 178 million for all salmon species in 2013. The salmon fisheries have also exceeded the 2005 harvest record of 221 million salmon.

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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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