National Fisherman


DANVERS — The New England Fisheries Management Council rolled through the first two days of its meetings here, setting its priorities for 2014 and attending to the other strands of minutia that, when spun together, finally give way to the intricate tapestry that is fisheries management in the 21st century.
 
While important, the work of the first 48 hours still has carried with it a sense of the undercard, inexorably leading the proceedings to today and the main event: assembling the preferred alternatives for the Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat Amendment.
 
The council is scheduled to begin deliberations on the dozens of proposals at 8:30 a.m. in the grand ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel, and it’s anyone’s guess when council chairman Terry Stockwell actually will call the vote. If there were a gambling line on it in Las Vegas, you might be wise to bet the over.
 
The task in front of the council is an immense one, carrying with it the weighty implications of helping decide — after another lengthy series of public comment and the final decision by NOAA and the Department of Commerce — just where commercial fishermen will be allowed to fish in the northeast multi-species fishery beginning in the winter of 2015.
 
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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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