National Fisherman


Located on the property of H.A. Burnham Boat Building and Design sits a standard-size lobster trap, a fairly common sight on Cape Ann.

A few feet to the left of that trap stands a less common sight: The lobster trap’s much larger cousin, a frame that is four times the size of the standard, wooden lobster trap. While construction on what will eventually be a lobster trap that measures 12 feet long, six feet high and nine feet deep is still in the early stages, simply seeing the item up close with the smaller trap right next to it allows the mind to fill in the blanks as to what this project will be within a matter of weeks.

It’s a cold evening in January and boatbuilder Howard Burnham is working with Bruce Slifer on the project as the sun sets and the temperature descends into the single digits. When asked what the goal of the project will be once it’s completed and moved from Essex to Maritime Gloucester, Burnham grins from ear to ear and states, “We’re hoping to capture an underutilized species.”


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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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