National Fisherman


For generations, the seafood business has been a part of cultural landscape of the eastern portion of the Old North State, and for the 27th year, the efforts of the men and women that bring fish and shellfish from the sea to the table will be recognized at the North Carolina Seafood Festival.
 
“We want to bring awareness about the commercial fishing industry,” said Cheryl Pigott, member of the Festival’s board. “We also want to recognize commercial fishermen in the area.”
 
As per festival tradition, there will be a blessing of the fleet and a ceremonial wreath tossing into the sea to recognize and honor fishermen, living and dead. According to the CDC, 545 commercial fishermen died while fishing in the United States.
 
“It’s a really neat reminder of why we do this festival,” said Pigott.
 
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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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