National Fisherman


A week ago, the two-county area got a dose of good news about our continued recovery from the BP oil spill. That kind of news is always worth sharing and discussing.

BP continues to deliver on its promise to make whole the Gulf of Mexico and the affected states from the 2010 oil spill that fouled the water, smeared the shoreline and crippled the economy, especially tourism that year and in 2011.

The most recent news was that more than $9.5 million will be given to Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for a number of projects, including dune restoration as well as to repair the pier adjacent to the Bob Sikes Bridge to Pensacola Beach. Our beach reporter Kim Blair also explained the money will be used to improve beach boardwalks and boat ramps, among other projects.

Read the full story at the Pensacola News Journal>>

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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