National Fisherman


U.S. Coast Guard personnel, as part of Operation Safe Crab, are available to conduct voluntary dockside exams prior to the opening of the Dungeness crab fishery in various Oregon and southwest Washington state ports this month.
 
“Dungeness season coincides with some of the most dangerous conditions we see on the Pacific Northwest Coast and every year the Coast Guard responds to numerous cases of fishing vessels in distress,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, Sector Columbia River commander. “Masters of fishing vessels owe it to their crews and families to take advantage of readily available Coast Guard safety inspections and training programs which, for many mariners, have meant the difference between life and death.”
 
Coast Guard examiners in previous years have found that between one-quarter and one-third of emergency position indicating radio beacons and life rafts are installed improperly on board commercial fishing vessels. Most of these deficiencies are easily corrected on the spot.
 
Fishermen are advised that extremely serious discrepancies, such as overloading, lack of watertight integrity, missing primary lifesaving equipment or nonfunctioning EPIRBs may result in a vessel being restricted from operating until the deficiencies are corrected.
 
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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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