National Fisherman


BOISE - Fisheries managers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are assessing damage to summer Chinook stocks after severe rainstorms flooded the South Fork of the Salmon River fish trap and killed hundreds of adult salmon needed for broodstock.

The storms developed rapidly over the nearby mountains Aug. 6 and sent a torrent downstream, choking the stream with sediment within minutes.

The sediment flowed into holding ponds at the Fish and Game's trapping facility and suffocated the fish.

Fish and Game and Nez Perce Tribe workers rushed tanker trucks to the trapping facility to save as many broodstock chinook as they could.

They reported saving about 200 adults, while an estimated 1,200 were lost. A few more fish were expected to return, but the peak of the run is over.

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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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