National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — The fledgling Center for Sustainable Fisheries takes its message to Seattle, Wash. in February to stoke discussion of changes in the way commercial fisheries are regulated.
 
The delegation will be led by Dr. Brian Rothschild, dean emeritus of the UMass School for Marine Science and Technology.
 
He will be joined by CSF chief operating officer Kate Kramer, who told The Standard-Times on Wednesday, "People on the West Coast have different ideas about the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization."
 
That's the law that governs fishing regulation, and especially in the Northeast, NOAA has been accused of diverging from the intent of Congress and short-changing many aspects of what Magnuson requires it to do. High among them are: to use the best science; and, determine and mitigate the economic effects of regulations on fishing communities and economies.
 
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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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