National Fisherman


PORTSMOUTH — A lobsterman charged with one felony, two misdemeanors and more than 130 violations — including allegations that he stole a deceased lobsterman's traps — has hired the law firm of Shaheen and Gordon to defend against what is likely a record number of citations filed against any one person in the history of the Portsmouth court.
 
Kyle Basoukas, 21, of 48 Old Sawmill Road, Bedford, was scheduled to appear in the local court Monday for arraignment on the dozens of charges. But through attorney James Rosenberg, he petitioned the court to have the arraignment continued.
 
The story of how he was caught fishing off the coast of Rye using traps allegedly stolen from the late Tony Rahn and nine other local lobstermen is told in an affidavit by state Fish and Game officer James Benvenuti. The account begins Aug. 17, when two Fish and Game officers patrolling local waters saw Basoukas hauling traps onto his boat and he agreed to an inspection, court records state. The officers observed the traps were tagged, but didn't record the numbers on the tags and gave Basoukas a verbal warning for a "few" observed violations, according to Benvenuti's report.
 
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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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