National Fisherman


They might be turning Japanese. They really think so.

Two Gloucester fishermen could be on their way to Japan later this year or early in 2015 as part of a British television production company's fishing reality TV series pitting American tuna fishermen against their Japanese counterparts in a clash of fishing cultures on the high seas.

Johnny Johnson, the driving force behind the Gloucester Charter Connection and captain of Subdivider, and Steve Zelck, the first mate on Subdivider, have had one round of interviews with executives of London-based Raw TV about appearing on the show if it gets greenlighted.

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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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