National Fisherman


Sept. 1, 2012 started the new Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) bottom fishing year. The Annual Catch Target (ACT) for seven deep water species (Deep 7) was again set at 325,000 pounds.

This past fishing year was the first time the bottomfish fishery did not close since the quota-based management regime started in 2007.

The bottomfish landings at the end of the 2011-12 fishing year that ended on Aug. 31, 2012 represented about 70 percent (225,000 pounds) of the allocated ACT of 325,000 pounds.

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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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