National Fisherman


There is much that remains unknown about the distribution of the approximately $6.5 million in direct financial assistance to an estimated 193 Massachusetts groundfishermen and permit holders, not the least of which is when they actually might get to cash the checks worth about $32,500 each.
 
Here is something potentially more maddening than the uncertainty of when the checks might arrive:
 
No one on the state or federal level will say with any certainty whether the direct financial aid, tied to the federally declared Northeast multispecies groundfish disaster, will be subject to federal and/or state taxes.
 
During the past three weeks, the Gloucester Daily Times put a simple question to several agencies and officials on the state and federal level: Will fishermen have to pay taxes on the direct disaster aid and, thus, send a portion of their assistance back to the very entity that provided it?
 
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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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