National Fisherman


ROCK HALL — "So far it looks like a good season," Chuckie White said Friday, Oct. 4. "So far all I've heard is good news." After a poor crab season, working watermen are relieved to find plenty of oysters.

There have been no reports of dead or dying oysters, and prices are up because the Gulf Coast fishery is still crippled after the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout in April 2010.

White is the president of the Kent County Watermen's Association. Working out of Rock Hall, he estimated, there are "10 or 12 boats, might be as many as 15 or 20 ... a few are still crabbing."

He said the recent crab season was a bad one and almost all the watermen have turned to catching oysters.

White said Eastern Bay is popular right now with local watermen fishing with hand tongs or patent tongs. "Diving looks pretty good" there too, he said.

"The divers are working where the power dredgers have been, that's where the oysters are in Eastern Bay," White said. "Every year more and more oysters show up on the bars they've been dredging."

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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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