National Fisherman


OCEAN CITY — The Maryland Watermen's Association is set to drop anchor on their 39th annual East Coast Commercial Fishermen's and Aquaculture Trade Exposition next weekend.

The three-day event, that starts Jan. 18 and is held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, will host a number of industry workers and experts in one of the largest shows of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. MWA President Larry Simns originally purchased the show, which was then approved by the Board of Directors, in 1974.

"We will have over 100 vendors with a wide range of commercial fishing gear, boats and clothing, as well as artwork, jewelry, books, videos and more," promised organizer Mick Blackistone. "We also have a children's Learning Center with oyster tonging, small crab pots that they can take home, net mending, and a waterman talking to kids about being a waterman and the gear they use."

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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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