National Fisherman


In the same waters where Blackbeard once sought protection, Capt. Greg Mayer quietly slipped his boat into this busy-by-day, sleepy-by-night fishing village. With his precious treasure secured, he pulled in under the cloak of darkness.
 
That is, until he hit the docks at the Broad Creek Fishing Center & Marina, and a blast of television camera lights lit up his world.
 
Being a celebrity wasn't part of Mayer's game plan when he took to the waters as a New Jersey youngster nearly 40 years ago.
 
That likely will change later this year - thanks to a casting call from "Wicked Tuna."
 
The National Geographic Channel show headed south from its Gloucester, Mass., home this winter to film new episodes. It followed the bluefin tuna migration, so the stars of the show could challenge some of the top fishermen from the Outer Banks.
 
"Wicked Tuna: North vs. South" is slated to premiere later this year.
 
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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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