National Fisherman


GALESBURG, Ill. -- The president of one of Galesburg's most successful start-up companies was as surprised as anyone when his company was featured on the Forbes magazine website. Sitka Salmon Shares was included in an article titled "Seven Sustainable Foodie Holiday Gifts."

Company President Nic Mink said he began wondering what was going on when he noticed "a huge spike in traffic on our website" last week. He said it took him a while to figure out what was going on.

"Then I read the thing in Forbes and was like, 'This can't be right,'" Mink said. "It's definitely still sinking in, and I'm busy trying to manage the media (in addition to our holiday sales.)"

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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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