National Fisherman


PORTLAND, Maine —It appears only a few logistical hurdles are all that stand in the way of a new lobster processing plant opening up along Portland’s Maine State Pier.
 
At a workshop Tuesday evening, the city’s planning board heard from the operators of Shucks Maine Lobster who said they’re ready to go, as soon as the proper permits are in place.
 
“I think it can work. I think you can figure it out but you’re not there yet,” said Jack Soley, with the planning board.
 
The board stands firmly behind Shucks filling the vacant waterfront warehouse best known for its giant outdoor mural.
 
Still a concern however, issues such as truck traffic, noise, how the operation will coexist with the busy Old Port neighborhood.
 
“They gave us the feedback and now we go back, look over the issues they raised and come up with some workable solutions,” said John Hathaway, president of Shucks Maine Lobster.
 
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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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