National Fisherman


Pembroke — Rich Figueiredo isn't sure what to call the lobster his crew caught 180 miles off the shore in Georges Bank – Lobzilla, Lobster Kruger, Lobsterine (for all you Wolverine fans out there) – but they all seem fitting.

One thing's for sure, the incredibly rare catch, a lobster with a five-pointed claw, isn't something you see every day.
"I've seen millions of lobsters," he said. "But I've never seen anything like it."

Figueiredo works on the shipping vessel "Rachel Leah," which sets out in the pursuit of lobsters from Hyannis on Cape Cod. He said he doesn't usually take much interest in the mutations he's seen, but this one was different.
"I've seen two functioning claws on the same arm, I've seen three points. I saw one that had white antennas and it's body looked like a wonder bread package, white, with pink spots," he said. "But nothing like this."

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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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