National Fisherman


The late Sen. Ted Stevens had a great idea 40 years ago: kick unregulated foreign fishing fleets out of our waters and give those jobs to American fishermen. And while we’re doing that, let’s apply science to ensure the resource lasts forever.
 
Working with his bipartisan ally, Sen. Warren Magnuson of Washington state, they later created the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, better known today as MSA.
 
The wise vision behind this law created a powerful economic engine for Alaska. Fishing had always been part of our history, but MSA increased Alaska’s catch by almost 5 billion pounds and doubled the nation’s production of seafood.
 
Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Kodiak were instantly propelled to the top of the leader board among the nation’s top fishing ports. And MSA did this with rules and tools that ensured our fisheries were sustainable. No Alaska species is overfished.
 
Read the full story at the Juneau Empire>>

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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