National Fisherman


Notorious Alaska fish pirate Arne Fuglvog doesn't appear to have cast much of a shadow. Not a year has passed since the man once close to taking the job as the nation's top fisheries manager went to jail for his illegal fishing, and his cronies in the 49th state are lining up in to try to block federal rules aimed at more closely monitoring commercial fisheries that work the empty ocean off the wild coast of the 49th state.

The Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, of which Fuglvog was once president; the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association; the Alaska Trollers Association; the North Pacific Fishermen's Association; Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance; United Cook Inlet Drift Association; the United Fishermen's Marketing Association; and a bunch of others say federal plans to put fishery observers on some of the small boats working the high seas off Alaska are onerous.

"I'd have thought this whole Arne Fuglvog thing would have highlighted this (illegal fishing), and sort of been in their face like this could be a problem," said Elizabeth Mitchell of the Association for Professional Observers. But apparently not.

Read the full story at Alaska Dispatch>>

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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