National Fisherman


For the second year in a row The Iberia Industrial Development Foundation will host its Direct Seafood Academy. It's all about education for area shrimpers. The two day seminar is put on by the Delcambre Direct Seafood an organization which connects shrimpers to consumers.

It's a way of life in Delcambre, and now Delcambre Direct Seafood is setting out to improve this way of life.

"We put together the Seafood Academy to really help bring our commercial fisherman to the next level, its so much going on in this industry and so many things they need to know about so thats what we focus on," said Director of Louisiana Seafood Direct Thomas Hymael.

In addition to the two day classes, later in March, there is a Dock Day scheduled on the Delcambre waterfront, with opportunities for hands-on learning.

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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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