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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group representing lobster, tourism, conservation and environmental interests reported Tuesday it is launching a campaign to raise public awareness about climate change it says is threatening Maine's lobster population. In a press conference on the Portland waterfront, lobster industry advocates said carbon pollution from power plants, cars and other sources is warming up and acidifying waters in the Gulf of Maine.
 
Warmer waters drive lobsters to migrate to colder waters and make them more susceptible to disease, while acidified waters hurt lobsters' ability to form adequate shells, the advocates said.
 
Emmie Theberge of the Natural Resources Council of Maine said people should support any federal action that will reduce carbon pollution.
 
"The fact that carbon pollution hurts Maine lobsters should be a concern to all Mainers," she said.
 
Lobster is Maine's most valuable fishery by far. Last year, Maine lobstermen caught a record 126 million pounds valued at $339 million to fishermen. 
 
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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.

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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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