National Fisherman


Ryan Revnak and Zach Sigler are finding a lot of dead fish in the Sacramento River this year, and that's just what they like to see.

State and federal officials have spent millions of dollars to make sure Chinook salmon thrive in the Sacramento River and its tributaries.

So hundreds of dead salmon in the river means they have been swimming back to the river from the Pacific Ocean to finish out their life cycle by spawning and dying.

"This is a positive change from the past four years or so," said Doug Killam, an environmental scientist for the state Department of Fish and Game. "This allows us to set how many fish can be taken the following year."

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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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