National Fisherman


PALMER — Changing rivers could affect salmon populations in Alaska, according to researchers at a symposium organized by the Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership.
 
Future changes to flow and temperature — two factors that affect salmon survival — were discussed Nov. 14 at the old Palmer Railroad depot.
 
The waterways that flow into Upper Cook Inlet from around the Matanuska and Susitna valleys contain the most salmon stocks of concern in the state, and much money and time has been spent trying to understand the runs and help restore them through various efforts.
 
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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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