National Fisherman


July 14, 2014 — A vital part of Louisiana's seafood revenue is coming to a close this Thursday. Of course we are talking about shrimp, which is one of the most synonymous seafood items associated with our state. Louisiana is known around the world for it's quality of seafood and nearly one third of the United States seafood consumption comes straight from our waters.
 
The inshore shrimping season is coming to a close this Thursday and many shrimpers are making their last hauls to take advantage of what most are calling one the strongest inshore seasons Louisiana has ever seen. We caught up with the Director of the Louisiana Direct Seafood Program, Thomas Hymel, who says this season has been great for just about everyone in the Gulf shrimping business.  
 
"The shrimp season that started in late May was probably the best opening that we have had in many years. It was delayed by a couple of weeks because we had cooler weather in the Spring. Growing conditions, and shrimp being cold blooded, the warmer it is the faster they grow." said Hymel.
 
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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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