National Fisherman


It's been a record year for commercial fishermen in Southeast Alaska, with more than 100 million salmon caught in the region for the first time ever.

Coho have returned to Southeast in the highest numbers since 1994, leading the troll fishery to almost double last year's catch. Purse seiners have topped their previous overall salmon catch record by more than 10 million. Gillnetters' top three years on record are the last three, with this year the highest. Pink salmon have also returned to Southeast in record numbers, trollers have caught more chum than they have since statehood, and the season isn't over yet.

"Southeast as a whole has had a very strong salmon season," said Pattie Skannes, troll management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "It's been a particularly great year for all except Chinook."

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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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