National Fisherman


It's been a mix of good news and bad news for Maine's fishing industry this week.
 
Shrimp fishermen learned their entire season has been canceled because of dwindling shrimp stocks. Meanwhile, scallop fishermen are getting record prices for their catch in this first week of the season.
 
State regulators say scallop fishermen are bringing in $13 a pound for scallops caught in Cobscook Bay in Down East Maine.
 
Those high prices are helping to offset reduced catch limits designed to help rebuild the stock.
 
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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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