National Fisherman


A cabin-owner in Norway has called in a fermented herring expert from Sweden to “disarm” a 25-year-old can of ‘surstromming’, the odorous Swedish delicacy, which he had become terrified would explode.
 
Inge Hausen, a pensioner from the village of Tyrsil, contacted an explosions expert from the Norwegian army in desperation after finding the can, which had swelled so much that it had lifted his roof by two centimeters.
 
He was referred to Ruben Madsen of Sweden’s Surstromming Academy, who will travel to Norway next Tuesday to carry out the procedure, watched by crowds of journalists and aficionados of the odorous Swedish dish.
 
“What I will do is first reduce the gas pressure - slowly, slowly, slowly, because it’s risky, and then open it,” Mr Madsen, who describes himself as “the king of surstromming”, told The Telegraph.
 
“For me, the most interesting thing is that if there is still fish in the can, I will eat it. It’s considered an extreme delicacy.”
 
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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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