National Fisherman


ELLSWORTH — Anyone who wants to enjoy fresh Maine shrimp for dinner had better not dither around waiting for culinary inspiration to strike.

Maine's shrimp trawling season opened last Wednesday, Jan. 23, and within days there were hints from the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) that it wouldn't last long.

Last Friday, after just a single day of fishing, DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced that this week trawling would be allowed between sunrise and 3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday — the only two days of the week when boats are allowed to fish. He warned, though, that a review of landings on Monday and Wednesday of this week could result in a further reduction in fishing time.

Maine shrimp fishermen are already dealing with severe restrictions.

In addition to the two-day fishing week, the trawling fleet is limited to landing no more than some 539 metric tons (about 1.19 million pounds) of Northern shrimp. The fishery will close when landing data indicates that 85 percent of that quota has been caught.

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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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