National Fisherman


Amid a backdrop of pending aid packages for Gloucester and other Massachusetts fishermen, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has organized a listening session slated for the Massachusetts State House today on the reauthorization of the federal Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act — with Sen. Ed Markey and congressmen John Tierney and William Keating also at the table.
 
The hearing — which will also include Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard — is designed to rein in input from fishermen and industry advocates. Among those scheduled to testify include Brian Rothschild, who has headed up the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth marine science program and is recognized as one of the most respected and leading advocates for fishermen and the fisheries.
 
Warren said she hopes to hear from fishermen, shore side businesses and the local marine science community alike about how science and fisheries management can be improved to sustain what she called “the fishing culture” across the state in Gloucester, New Bedford and elsewhere.
 
The session comes as Congress weighs the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the law that regulates fishing across the United States. But it also comes as the state’s congressional delegation looks to reel in aid for the embattled fishing industry through a variety of sources.
 
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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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