National Fisherman

STONINGTON, Maine — The head of the Maine Department of Marine Resources plans to suspend the license of an Orland lobsterman who is accused of keeping illegal lobsters and of molesting another fisherman’s gear, according to state officials.
Theodore Gray, 34, was charged May 9 after Marine Patrol officers found him in possession of 269 lobsters shorter than the minimum size limit, 123 breeding female lobsters that had been marked with a V-shaped notch on their tails, and 20 traps that belong to another licensed lobsterman, DMR officials have said. Gray fishes out of Stonington.
The commissioner of DMR has the authority to suspend a person’s fishing license for up to three years before there is a resolution of civil or criminal charges that person is facing in court, DMR officials indicated Tuesday in a prepared statement.
In the statement, DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher said Gray’s case is one of “the most appalling violations of Maine’s lobster laws in decades” and that he has made it a top priority to bring it to resolution.
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Inside the Industry

The anti-mining group Salmon Beyond Borders expressed disappointment and dismay last week at Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s announcement that he has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

This came just days after his administration asked members of his newly-formed Transboundary Rivers Citizens Advisory Work Group to provide comment on a Draft Statement of Cooperation associated with Transboundary mining.


NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.

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