National Fisherman


Commercial fisherman in the Bay Area cannot gather spawning herring within a protected quarter-mile, a federal judge ruled, refusing to issue an injunction.

  The herring season begins in January and ends in March, according to the Department of Fish and Game's website. Recent seasonal quotas generally range around 3,000 tons, but a decline in fish led to the cancelation of the entire season in 2009. 

U.S. officials informed Bay Area fisherman in November 2012 that fishing would not be allowed within one quarter of a mile offshore of the shoreline of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Stretching from Tomales Bay near Point Reyes to Fort Funston south of Ocean Beach, the national park includes most of coastal southwestern Marin and western San Francisco.

The San Francisco Herring Association (SFHA) filed suit this past April, arguing that no federal law empowers the Interior Department to regulate fishing or other activities in the coastal areas in question.

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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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