National Fisherman


New York State has certified East End waters as safe for the consumption of local shellfish, and shellfish harvesting will again be allowed in most East End waters starting on Friday.

The new certification applies to enclosed harbors, creeks and coves off Peconic, Shinnecock and Gardiners Bay in Southampton Town and East Hampton Town.

The lifting of the restriction means that the annual bay scallop harvest will finally be able to get underway in earnest, more than two weeks after harvesting should have started in Southampton Town and four days late in East Hampton Town.

The state closed shellfishing in almost all coastal bays on the Long Island following Hurricane Sandy because of fears about dangerously elevated bacteria levels caused by flooded septic systems and sewage treatment plants that may have malfunctioned because of high water levels from Sandy's storm surge.

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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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