National Fisherman


ILWACO — Dredge work in the federally maintained channel leading into the Port of Ilwaco is set to begin at the end of September, nearly a month later than originally expected.

The work in Baker Bay is not only important to the continued viability of the port's marina — Coast Guard vessels reportedly have scraped bottom trying to access the marina, while sport and commercial fishing boats struggle to get past each other in one particularly difficult and shallow spot — it is also at the heart of an agreement between the port and a local fish processor.

As the Chinook Observer has reported previously, Jessie's Ilwaco Fish Company and the port hope to develop and build a cold storage facility on port land currently used as boatyard.

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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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