National Fisherman


While seeking funds to update one of the most productive commercial fishing ports in the state, the San Mateo County Harbor District is receiving pushback from a group of fishermen who say they no longer trust the district has their best intentions at heart.
 
On April 28, the district applied for a $3.4 million grant from the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), to help fund road and pier improvements at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay.
 
Pillar Point Harbor is home to the county’s only coastside search and rescue vessel and team while also housing top performing commercial fishing fleets comprised of 100 commercial vessels and three offloading facilities, which generate about $6.5 million a year, according to the district.
 
Yet the district has fallen under suspicion by the public and the fishermen it’s meant to serve with accusations of backroom deals, high fish buying fees and the installation of a new hoist that benefits one fish buying company.
 
Although the improvements are meant to benefit the harbor’s fishing industry, some have spoken out against the district’s application citing frustration and lack of consultation with recent policy and infrastructure decisions.
 
Read the full story at San Mateo Daily Journal>>

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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