National Fisherman


Recollecting the beginnings of this column, it's been rewarding to describe different aspects of this fishing community. I think it is imperative that although we are in different times since its origin, more than 400 years ago, we must ensure the industry remains and continues in the heritage it has provided and for the future contributions it will make. While the color of its threads might have faded in these hard times, it can't be unwoven from the fabric of our Seacoast and the many individuals who have contributed to its existence.

In my time, I can recollect a long list of names with embellished stories of the past and continue to the present with colorful individuals of today that are creating another contemporary chapter. All said and done, while their lives are consumed in the activities of their profession, their thoughts and perspectives outside of this realm are uniquely valid and on target with issues that we all face. Many tenured individuals of the fishing community could be placed into different professions and hit the ground running with return to logic and simplicity that has been overcome with today's complexities.

What is worrisome is that while the tenured fishermen are excellent mentors, the lack of youth entering the business is noticeable and the knowledge that is not being passed on has possibilities of being lost. Nothing replaces hands-on experience and acquired wisdom when dealing with any profession, but even more so with this subject because when things go wrong, it can happen fast before any help might come to aid.

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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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