National Fisherman


The days of anglers coming home from a fishing trip to Homer, Alaska -- "The Halibut Capital of the World" -- with two, big, honking halibut appear to be over. 
 
In an effort to hang onto a two-fish limit in Cook Inlet next summer, the Alaska Charter Halibut Management Implementation Committee is asking the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to limit one fish to a so-called "chicken," a halibut under 30 inches. Such a fish weighs about 12 pounds -- or slightly more than a big Kenai River sockeye salmon.
 
The recommendation came Monday after the group met with Scott Meyer, the Homer-based sport halibut management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Given a shrinking halibut stock and the efforts of the council -- an organization dominated by commercial fishing interests -- to shift halibut catch from tens of thousands of anglers to about 1,000 commercial fishermen, Meyer informed the group the charter-catch quota is no longer large enough to support the traditional two-fish limit.
 
Read the full story at the Alaska Dispatch>>

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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