National Fisherman


Fisheries stock assessments have less than a one-in-five track record in predicting the potential catch, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study, partly sponsored by NOAA and conducted at the University of Washington, concluded that fisheries managers need to start looking at environmental conditions that affect fish stocks and move more quickly to respond to natural or manmade changes that may have more of an effect than fishing does.

Only 18 percent of the 230 stock assessments examined had a clear connection between abundance and available catch, the study concluded. The rest point to other factors, to changes in the ocean environment and the behavior of fish.

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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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