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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The skipper of a fishing vessel was arrested Tuesday in Kodiak, after Alaska State Troopers say he drunkenly assaulted his deckhands and made three crew members decide to abandon ship.

According to a Wednesday AST dispatch, Nevada man Michael A. Clemens, 56, is accused of assaulting the two deckhands, both 22-year-old Pennsylvania men, Monday night about 10 miles southeast of Kodiak.

"At the time of the assault the vessel was commercial fishing in the waters off of Cape Chiniak," troopers wrote. "Clemens was reportedly highly intoxicated. The two victims and a third crew member escaped by taking the seine skiff to Kodiak."

Troopers were informed of the assault at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, catching up with Clemens just before 11 a.m. at the St. Paul boat harbor to arrest him on two counts of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault and one count of operating under the influence.

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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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