National Fisherman


A passing farmer out tending his sheep helped spark a major search and rescue operation after a fisherman became stranded when his boat capsized off the coast of Donegal.

The man, in his 30s, was left clinging to a lobster pot in Tullagh Bay, near Clonmany on the Inishowen Peninsula, after getting into difficulty on Sunday.

Mamie Grant and her son John heard the cry for help more than half-a-mile away. John raised the alarm after spotting an arm waving in the water.

Read the full story at the Belfast Telegraph>>

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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