National Fisherman


Dudley Biddlecomb has been an oyster farmer for so long, he doesn't remember when he started. Born on the Chesapeake Bay, oyster farming is in his blood. The Biddlecomb family has been in the oyster business for over one hundred years and say productivity is on the rise after a decades-long decline.

"I think the water quality has greatly improved over the years," Biddlecomb said. "People are more conscious of the run-off and pollution."

Biddlecomb and his nephew made the 150 mile trek from Reedville to speak with a class at the University of Virginia about the emerging field of aquaculture and his work to restore oysters to the Bay.

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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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