National Fisherman


A Gloucester-based scalloper missing since mid-December has been found in pieces submerged on the ocean's floor between Cape Ann and Provincetown.

Coast Guard Sector Boston confirmed the discovery of the submerged wreckage of the 45-foot Foxy Lady II on Friday about 11 a.m. A spokesman said pieces of the vessel were scattered on the sea floor between Cape Ann and Provincetown, an area the Coast Guard had searched for several days when the boat was reported overdue Dec. 17.

The spokesman had no information on the vessel's crew, Wallace "Chubby" Gray, 26, and Wayne Young, 50, both of Deer Isle, Maine. Gray served as the boat's captain and has a large extended family in Gloucester; he and Young are presumed lost at sea.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the state Marine Environmental Police received multiple reports of fishing vessels becoming entangled on an underwater obstruction while trawling in areas between Provincetown and Cape Ann.

Coast Guard investigators, along with assistance and equipment from Massachusetts Marine Environmental Police, began to assess the seabed. With the use of a remotely operated underwater vehicle and camera, the vessel was located and confirmed to be the Foxy Lady II.

Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>

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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