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A law restricting use of two common mosquito-control chemicals known to harm lobsters could be a step toward salvaging Connecticut's beleaguered stocks of the crustaceans, which once supported a $100 million-a-year industry, state lobstermen said this week.

"For the first time in 14 years, the state is kind of doing the right thing and listening to us," said Tony Carlo, a Norwalk lobsterman. "We strongly believe if this happens in a few years, the lobster industry could have a future. They have to do something to save the sea animals."

Roger Frate Sr., a Darien lobsterman, said state environmental officials and others have discounted the notion that pesticides caused a precipitous die-off of lobsters, attributing the cause to other factors, such as high water temperatures and low levels of dissolved oxygen in Long Island Sound.

"I've been fighting this battle for 14 years so I'm getting tired, but I'm also hopeful that this could be positive," he 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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