National Fisherman


At nearly 90 years old, one of Tacoma’s last major shipyards may be closing down for good next month.
 
J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. faces a foreclosure auction of its Thea Foss Waterway shipyard July 18 on the County City Building entry plaza unless it finds new business or an angel investor to pay some $415,000 in payments and fees overdue on a $5.4 million loan its owners signed in December 2012.
 
The shipyard also owes Pierce County some $13,429 in property taxes for the last three years.
 
The shipyard, which has constructed 256 vessels since its beginning in 1924, reportedly is searching desperately to find new construction work to fill its ways at 401 East 15th Street on the east side of the Foss Waterway.
 
The shipyard’s last project, a 184-foot state-of-the-art longline fishing vessel called the Northern Leader, left the shipyard a year ago. Martinac built that fishing vessel for Lynden’s Alaskan Leader Fisheries.
 
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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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