National Fisherman


PROVINCETOWN — The wheelhouse of the Goody Hallet was devoid of the clutter that always seems to accumulate on the bridge of all fishing vessels. In the harsh light of the fluorescent tubes overhead, it had the empty feel of a new apartment before the furniture arrived.
 
Eastham fisherman Scott Nolan, 57, mortgaged his home, used all his retirement savings and took out loans to buy the 80-foot New Bedford fish dragger and refit it with the massive apparatus needed to go sea clamming. He had been fishing it since only this spring.
 
After a 36-hour trip, working around the clock, the Goody Hallet tied up at the end of MacMillan Pier and crewmen Max Nolan and Tim Klekotka removed the decking over the big hold where wire cages filled with clams awaited transfer to an idling trailer truck.
 
At 5 a.m., sleep-starved but alert, standing next to the big wooden ship's wheel, Nolan explained that his small business employed three full-time crewmen and one part-timer and contributed to the incomes of a welder, a truck driver and others. But, like many new businessmen, Nolan, 57, wasn't sure whether he himself was making money yet.
 
One thing he was certain of was that his bottom line was helped substantially by the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust, which leased him the majority of the sea clam quota he needed at rates half what he would have had to pay on the open market.
 
"It's a huge help that they've done that," Nolan said of the impact of paying that discounted rate had on being able to make his business work in the first year.
 
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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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