National Fisherman


Come this crab season starting in November, those seeking to get fresh Dungeness, as well as other seafood, will have a new purchasing venue.

The Morro Bay City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday to allow fishermen to congregate to sell their fish from tie-ups at the harbor's public-use docks, including Tidelands Park and three street-end dock facilities.

Fishermen currently are allowed to sell fish from their boat slips, which serve as parking areas for vessels, under city policy.

However, the fishermen would like a place to gather to sell collectively and requested dock access to market their catches.

That could help with visibility and greater awareness that the public can buy fish directly from those who catch it.

"We sent out a wish list of our recommendations for improvements in Morro Bay, and this was one of them," said Tom Hafer, president of the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen's Organization. "A lot of guys would like to get together to sell their fish off their boats from a dock on a Saturday perhaps or another day of the week."

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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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