National Fisherman


FAIRHAVEN — Middle Street resident Garth Rowe did something last week he rarely does; he invited his neighbors, Beth and Michael Luey, outside onto his porch.
 
From there, the group had an unobstructed view of the Fairhaven Shipyard's North Yard, which Rowe and the Lueys say has been making their lives miserable with a combination of noise and particulate pollution.
 
On this day, workers were grinding at two fishing vessels, the black Chief and Clyde II and the green Stephanie Vaughn.
 
The grinders sounded like lawn mowers, and lifted from each hull wisps of dust that swirled in the wind as they blew toward Rowe's porch.
 
"If this were as bad as it ever was," Rowe said, "we wouldn't have an issue."
 
Residents of Middle and Water Streets describe living near the shipyard as living in "a nightmare," "a war zone" and "a dentist's office."
 
It's not just the noise, but also potential pollution that has them wary of the shipyard and concerned for their health.
 
Shipyard owner Gail Isaksen denies that her business has broken any environmental regulations. She said residents should expect noise when living near "the working waterfront."
 
"If you live near an airport you get the sounds of airplanes," she said.
 
Read the full story at the New Bedford Standard-Times>>

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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