National Fisherman


MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - We're into the last month of hurricane season and so far, so good.
 
But even a minor temper tantrum from Mother Nature, such as high winds and high tides, can still cause major problems for some businesses.
 
At the docks in Port Salerno, no one headed out Monday to find their catch. The wind is just too much.
 
"This will put a damper on things until it calms down a little bit," said commercial fisherman George Maib.
 
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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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