National Fisherman


The families and loved ones of the missing gathered as they always do during those terrible moments — in a church, trying to hold onto hope and clinging to the belief that there is fairness in this thing we call life.

It is a heart-breaking vigil. But in the harbours and fishing villages up and down the coastline of Nova Scotia, this ritual is as age-old as it is bleak.

And that is the sin of it.

In the year 2013, for all the talk about global economy and "fostering innovation," life here can still be elemental. People still die in the Nova Scotia woods and, until recent decades, in underground mines. Fishing boats still go down in winter hurricanes.

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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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