National Fisherman


By Lauren Wanko

This is the first time commercial fisherman Gary Stone is back to work at the Belford Seafood Cooperative since Hurricane Sandy made landfall more than three weeks ago.

"If we don't land any fish on the dock we don't make any money," Stone said.

That's why Stone headed to Montauk right after the storm hit. He needed an operational dock and ice machine.

"I got $10,000 a month in bills and five kids to feed. I can't, can you stay home for three weeks? I can't. If I don't work the bills don't get paid," Stone said.

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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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