Written by Jen Finn
The U.S. Coast Guard and state police suspended an 80 square-mile search late last night for a fisherman after he'd been missing in 3-foot seas and water temperatures of 49 degrees for nearly 12 hours.
The search for the yet-unidentified crewman feared lost aboard the 42-commercial scallop vessel Twin Lights was called off at 10:42 p.m. The boat capsized about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after it became entangled in fishing gear and sank shortly afterward 2 miles north of Provincetown.
The crew aboard the lobster boat Glutton were able to save a second fisherman who was on deck. The other man was in the pilot house steering the Twin Lights when she rolled over, the Coast Guard said.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...