National Fisherman


PORTLAND — A coalition of diverse groups is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about pollution they say is threatening Maine's lobster population.

The Maine Lobster Council, Ready Seafood Co., the Maine Restaurant Association, the University of Maine's Darling Marine Center and the Natural Resources Council of Maine are holding a press conference Tuesday to announce the campaign.

They say that carbon pollution from cars, power plants and elsewhere is warming and acidifying ocean waters, posing a threat to the Gulf of Maine lobster population.

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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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