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Michael CrowleyThe Boats & Gear blog is overseen by our Boats & Gear editor, Michael Crowley. It explores new construction projects, electronics, gear and equipment for the commercial fishing industry.

If your survival equipment includes either Mustang’s MD2010 or MD2012 inflatable personal flotation devices sold in 2011, you want to get it to a Mustang Survival factory ASAP.

Those two models — and only those two PFD models — are being recalled to correct a defect with the inflator mechanism that might prevent the PFD from fully inflating with CO2. Oral inflation will still work.

Call Mustang Survival’s customer service department at (800) 526-0532 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Pacific. Mustang will pay for the repairs and shipping.

Orion Safety Products is recalling two models of hand-launched aerial signals. Both the hand-launched Orion XLT and the pistol-style launched 12-gauge signals of orange ABS plastic might fail to launch or ignite.

If you have an XLT signal with an orange launch tube with an expiration date between November and December 2011 or an orange 12-gauge shell with an expiration date between November 2011 and March 2012, you can receive a free four-pack replacement.

Handy information like these recall notices are in the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association’s winter newsletter, which you can read by going to www.amsea.org.

AMSEA’s newsletter has stuff in it for fishermen who work waters other than the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.

The same newsletter has an article on avoiding whale collisions and a highly informative piece called “Tips for Quickly Donning an Immersion Suit.”

The latter article is based on the training sessions AMSEA has given thousands of fishermen and listening to survivors’ stories.

Did you know that about 30 percent of the people donning an immersion suit struggle to get into it because the zipper toggle is inside the suit instead of outside it? And leaning forward while trying to zip up a suit makes things more difficult.

It’s a good read. Check it out.

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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