National Fisherman


Oysters are harvested for your dining pleasure. They are also grown and harvested for bigger role – helping protect the water quality of Chesapeake Bay in the United States.

More than 300 volunteers actively grow oysters in Virginia to help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation establish sanctuary reefs along nearby waterways, according to Chuck Epes, spokesman for the foundation.

In Hampton Roads, for example, the foundation’s oyster gardening programme began in 1998, and its growers are mostly, but not all, waterfront homeowners or marina slip owners, according to Tanner Council, the foundation’s Hampton Roads grassroots coordinator for the programme.

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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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