National Fisherman


Think about the coldest, worst day of the winter. The day when you bundle up, hurry to the car in the driveway, crank up the heat and take pictures of your in-dash thermometer to send to your friends up north as you drive to work.

Now think about the fact that, by the time you're sipping coffee at your desk, Stephen English and the vast majority of the local commercial fishermen have already been on the water fishing for close to two hours.
There are no off days in commercial fishing. Every day is a chance to make money and that means every day is a workday. Regardless of the weather, sea conditions or time of year.

English and about 35 others make up the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority, the lone remaining fish house in the once thriving fishing village of Port Salerno. They are the sole source for fresh seafood coming from that area and it is a responsibility they take seriously.

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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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