Written by Jen Finn
High levels of fecal bacteria found in the water near Ocean Shores will lead to a year-round shellfish harvest closure for a small part of the coast. The state Department of Health also listed 11 of Washington's 101 commercial shellfish growing areas as "threatened" with closure because of pollution.
"If water quality in the threatened shellfish areas gets worse we'll have to restrict or close harvesting there," said Bob Woolrich, Growing Area Section Manager. "Having an area listed as 'threatened' is a signal to communities to identify and correct pollution problems."
Threatened shellfish harvest areas include within Grays Harbor and along the Pacific Coast as well as Bay Center and Naselle River in Pacific County.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...