National Fisherman


Ripples from the Ukraine unrest are being felt on the Seattle waterfront, as fishing industry executives weigh how much whiting they'll actually catch: The quota is large but market conditions are not the best.
 
The 2014 quote for the popular whitefish, also called hake, is set for an unusually high 420,000 metric tons in the areas off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and western Canada.
 
With the season starting May 15, large catcher-processor vessels and open-water trawlers are outfitting to head out for a few weeks, said Dan Waldeck, executive director of the Portland-based Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative.
 
The problem facing the large fishing companies is that uncertainty about the Ukrainian economy, and about the exchange rate between the dollar and the Ukrainian currency, is creating uncertainty about how many fish will find a market and for what price.
 
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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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