National Fisherman


KEY LARGO -- A crowd of approximately 30 turned out at the local Holiday Inn last week to listen to Biscayne National Park officials explain their latest plan to govern the 180,000-acre marine park for the next two or more decades.
 
The National Park Service is proposing to establish a 23.8-square-mile special recreation zone to protect Biscayne's eastern reef tract. The zone, which would begin just a few miles northeast of the Ocean Reef Club on Key Largo, would feature numerous special restrictions on recreational fishing and would ban commercial fishing for everything but ballyhoo.
 
The proposal would be part of the next Biscayne National Park General Management Plan. Development of the plan has been underway since 2000, meaning that it has taken longer to complete than the replacement of the New York's World Trade Center with the 104-story Freedom Tower.
 
The National Parks Service now hopes to have the plan finalized in December 2014.
 
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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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