Written by Jen Finn
AUGUSTA — As part of Maine's efforts to expand markets for lobster, Gov. Paul LePage on Monday sent a box of Maine lobster products to each of the 49 other governors across the country.
"What better time than summer to share the iconic Maine lobster?" LePage said.
Boxes full of items such as prepared lobster meat, frozen tails, bisques and spreads from Maine processors and dealers were shipped overnight. The governor announced plans to send the promotional boxes earlier this month. The packages did not include live lobsters, given the logistical challenges of sending live shellfish across the country, a spokesman said.
The $5,000 promotion, which covered the cost of the lobster products and shipping, was funded by the governor's contingency fund, according to Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
Read the full story at Portland Press Herald>>
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...