National Fisherman


The first annual Louisiana fisheries summit started Wednesday morning at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. The theme of the summit is "Towards professionalizing the Louisiana commercial fishing industry."

The summit was opened by Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet, who explained to the crowd that Terrebonne in French means "good earth" and that "one of the things about Terrebonne is seafood is an integral part of our DNA."

He spoke of the demand of Louisiana seafood across the country, from the "Maryland" crabs that often really come from Louisiana to Louisiana shrimp that frequents Chinatown restaurants in New York City.

"We are the saltwater fishing capital of the world, Louisiana's bayou country," he said, listening the dozen of bayous in Terrebone, from Bayous Blue to Black, to Pointe-aux-Chenes, to Dulac, to fresh water and saltwater.

Also, to the applause of many fishers in the audience, he announced that after nearly three years, Prospect Street Bridge that crosses Bayou Terrebonne in east Houma - which once had about 18,000 cars pass across it a day - is slated to open this week.

Following his opening was a tribute to Mike Voisin, a leader in the Gulf of Mexico seafood industry and one of the strongest national advocates for Louisiana seafood, who died on Feb. 2.

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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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