National Fisherman


SEATTLE — The first Copper River salmon from Alaska arrive in Seattle Friday where the flavorful fish is celebrated with an airport cook-off.

An Alaska Air Cargo plane from Cordova is delivering about 18,000 pounds of salmon that were caught Thursday when the commercial gillnet season opened in Prince William Sound.

Three Seattle chefs compete for best salmon recipe in the third annual Copper Chef Cook-off. The judges are Seattle Seahawks placekicker Steven Hauschka, Seattle Mariners hall of fame player Jay Buhner and Alaska Airlines Chief Operating Officer Ben Minicucci.

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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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