National Fisherman


The governmental and financial package hailed Friday as giving Gloucester's Cape Pond Ice a new lease on life is not only a welcome and deserved lift for a business that's had to deal with the real-world effects of over-regulation on several fronts.

It also stands as a reminder of how government — especially private-public partnerships — can actually work when all sides commit to achieving a result that's not only desired, but in this case, absolutely necessary for a community and its economy. It was just last summer that Cape Pond Ice President Scott Memhard called out for help — and understandably so.

First, his core business — supplying ice for Gloucester's and Cape Ann's commercial and recreational fishing boats, has taken several hits just through the federal government's tight catch limits that have driven fishermen off the water and thereby cut sharply into the ice demand.

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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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