National Fisherman


Delawareans know all too well what happens when non-native species take hold.
 
Consider the invasions of brown marmorated stink bugs; Asian lady beetles or an oldie but biggie: the giant marsh reed Phragmites australis. They pretty much take over home, yard and marsh.
 
So it's no wonder that scientists thought the worst when the Asian shore crab – a penny-sized creature with distinctively striped legs – showed up on the rocks at Townsends Inlet near Cape May, N.J., in 1988.
 
But it turns out, at least in the limited, rocky habitat along the Delaware and Maryland coast, these shore crabs – which were once so abundant here – haven't outpaced the natives, after all. In fact, what Charles Epifanio, the University of Delaware Harrington Professor of Marine Science, and a graduate researcher found was that the tables turned on the populations of the native versus the non-native crabs in the decade after shore crabs dramatically outnumbered native mud crabs.
 
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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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