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CORTEZ - Manatee County's historic fishing village is a contender to be voted the "Ultimate Fishing Town."

Cortez was nominated for World Fishing Networks' Ultimate Fishing Town contest, putting the community in contention for a regional prize of $3,500 or grand prize of $25,000.

"I just think Cortez is coming into its own," Karen Bell said. "People are learning to appreciate commercial fishing."

Bell, a manager at the family-run A.P. BellFishing Co., attributes the increased attention Cortez and similar fishing communities have gained to television shows such as Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna."

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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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