National Fisherman


Last week the Small Business Association (SBA) approved Governor Deval Patrick's September 5, 2013 request for an economic disaster declaration for local fishermen and associated industries. The declaration makes those affected by catch limits and dwindling groundstock eligible for subsidized loans through the government.
 
The Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) will be made available to those affected by the fishery failure and may be used to help those fishermen and associated businesses meet financial obligations that could have been met should the disaster not have occurred. 
 
In September 2012, the United States Department of Commerce declared a commercial fishery failure for the Northeast under declaration #13813. The declaration became effective on November 1, 2013 for the incident period May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014. 
 
Those with fisheries-related small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and non-profits in Barnstable County and Plymouth County, as well as other counties in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, will be eligible for loans.
 
Read the full story at the Cape Cod Times>>

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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