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Forced to review a land management plan by Pebble Mine opponents, the state is traveling around Bristol Bay communities to hear local concerns, according to Department of Natural Resources official Marty Parsons.

Public meetings have already been held in Iliamna, Igiugig, King Salmon/Naknek, and Port Heiden. Additional meetings will happen soon in Dillingham, Nondalton, New Stuyahok, and Koliganek, Parsons said.

The controversial Bristol Bay Area Plan is the subject of the meetings. Revisions to the plan in 2005 were seen as favoring mining over fish, leading to a lawsuit by Trout Unlimited, Alaska Independent Fisherman's Marketing Association, and six tribal groups.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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