National Fisherman


Brian Stacy has resigned from his post as vice president of the Port San Luis Commercial Fishermen's Association, citing a lack of support from the organization in his Dec. 27 announcement. Stacy was featured in a recent New Times article ("Fishing unfriendly waters," Dec. 20) for his efforts to negotiate payments for fishermen to cover disruptions suspected to have been caused by Pacific Gas and Electric Company's seismic tests.

The article mentioned Stacy's plan to push for a Grand Jury investigation into PG&E's failure to pay fisherman what he feels is just compensation for allegedly scaring away fish. Stacy also believes that the company made underhanded deals with state and local governments and certain fishermen associations. Those claims could not be independently verified.

Though the Coastal Commission didn't approve permits for controversial high-energy seismic surveys, low-energy studies already happened with little public discussion. Stacy claims the tests were performed under an antiquated permit program without proper environmental review or plans to repay fishermen whose ability to catch fish were impacted. Representatives from PG&E said they followed the rules and noted that total catch actually increased during the testing period.

After the article ran, Stacy said he heard rumors that association fishermen who didn't want a Grand Jury investigation were planning to initiate impeachment procedures against him. After consulting with friends, Stacy decided to quit.

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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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