National Fisherman


The water can be a dangerous place, but you don't have to tell that to Morgan Parker or Angela Sanfilippo.

Late Thursday morning, just as the sun moved toward its highest point and Gloucester Harbor filled with a tableau of wind and motor craft, Parker and Sanfilippo sat on the back patio of the U.S. Coast Guard station on Harbor Loop.

In front of the two women, the daylong water-safety course organized by the Fishing Partnership Support Services group swirled, as more than 40 commercial fishermen and others who ply their trade on the open waters of the Atlantic moved between six separate modules of water-safety instruction.

Over to the side, instructors talked about damage control. Near the water, the talk was of survival suits, and a cluster near the helipad learned the proper methods of firefighting and emergency communications.

Other clusters dealt with deploying life rafts and emergency flares, as well as the really serious topics of first aid and man-overboard situations.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>

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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