National Fisherman


New research by a Maine-based marine biologist could have big implications for fisheries management in the Gulf of Maine.
 
The study, authored by University of New England professor James Sulikowski, suggests that a voracious predator known as spiny dogfish may be far more prevalent in the Gulf of Maine than originally thought, and could be more of a threat to other species.
 
Sulikowski used satellite tagging technology to track the movement of some 40 dogfish, from the Gulf of Maine down to the mid-Atlantic, something that had never been done before.
 
He says conventional wisdom is that dogfish in East Coast waters move around in one huge population, in packs of 10,000 or more.
 
"The old paradigm on their moving patterns was that essentially they would spend the summers and fall up here in the Gulf of Maine and then travel like snowbirds down to North Carolina and then back up here in the spring, and so that was old paradigm, sort of this big long packlike movement of these moving on the bottom," Sulikowski says.
 
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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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