National Fisherman


Science groups in Woodland are experimenting with flooding rice fields in the winter to raise salmon, and it’s been producing big results.
 
Floodplain-raised fish have shown a higher survival rate and a larger size over river-raised salmon.
 
These 6-week-old salmon can’t wait to get out of this net and make their way to the Sacramento River.
 
“Just the fact that these fish are so big after only six weeks out here is phenomenal. That hugely increases their ability to survive on their way to the ocean,” said Peter Moyle with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.
 
These salmon aren’t like other fish though. They spent their first six weeks of their lives living in a rice field.
 
In the muddy water, these fish are healthy and finding lots of food, which is something that’s been overlooked for years.
 
Moyle says using local rice fields to raise salmon during the offseason has been producing bigger and stronger fish.
 
Salmon used to live in these wetlands, but when the farmlands moved in, the fish had to move out.
 
“That incredible food production that happens on the floodplain can actually be reproduced, can be mimicked in these agricultural fields,” said Jacob Katz.
 
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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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