National Fisherman


When it comes to commercial fishing in Alaska, women have a small piece of the pie. They make up about 11 percent of Alaska residents who hold a crew license. About 4 percent of permit holders are Alaskan women.

The numbers come from the state's economic trends newsletter, and they only include residents of Alaska. So, painting a picture of exactly how many women work in the industry is difficult.

But painting a picture of their experiences might be a little easier. That's what the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society hopes to do Thursday night at its annual meeting. The group is convening a panel of women to discuss their time in the commercial fishing industry.

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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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