National Fisherman


A delegation of lobster fishermen from Prince Edward Island walked out of a meeting Wednesday in an escalating dispute over carapace sizes.

The Maritime Fishermen's Union wants to move the minimum carapace size to 77 millimetres, something Island fishermen are opposed to.

Mike McGeoghegan, president of the Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association, says increasing the size is unwise and not financially profitable for PEI.

The two groups were meeting in Moncton, N.B., and Mr. McGeoghegan says the Island delegation left following the union's presentation and after a Feb. 6 date was set for PEI's response.

Read the full story at the Globe and Mail>>

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.

Read more...

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.

Read more...
Try a FREE issue of National Fisherman

Fill out this order form, If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $14.95 (12 issues in all). If not, simply write cancel on the bill, return it, and owe nothing.

First Name
Last Name
Address
Country
U.S. Canada Other

City
State/Province
Postal/ Zip Code
Email