National Fisherman


Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part package on tiger shrimp. See Monday’s or go to staugustine.com for the second part on the re-emergence of the wild tiger shrimp in St. Augustine.
 
Penaeus monodon has a lot of scientific types scratching their heads at its stubborn grasp on survival and worrying about what that will mean in the long run.
 
The Asian black tiger shrimp has been more of an oddity than a concern to marine researchers over the past 25 years. Sightings were sufficiently rare for the Department of Natural Resources to put out a “wanted poster” on the big crustacean; asking anyone who came across one to report it to a hotline.
 
The interest in the jumbo shrimp ramped up last week and the attention is focused squarely on St. Augustine.
 
That’s because the reclusive, rare shrimp showed up here in numbers unheard of until recent weeks. Both the Triton II and Miss Renee shrimp boats came to the docks Tuesday with about 25 pounds each of the tigers mixed in with their normal catch of white shrimp.
 
Read the full story at St. Augustine Record>>

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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