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The Oregon Court of Appeals in Salem heard oral arguments Monday on a petition requesting a stay of enforcement for rules affecting the commercial gillnet fishery on the Columbia River.
 
A decision on enforcing a stay could be determined in the coming weeks by the court, which would be in place during a judicial review of the new Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife policy.
 
Steve Fick, owner of Fishhawk Fisheries and a petioner in the case, expressed the importance of the stay Monday and remained hopeful in the outcome for commercial gillnet interests.
 
The motion is the second made by Fick, Jim Wells and Fishhawk Fisheries. Filed in July, the motion states, “Because petitioners and the public will be irreparably harmed in the interim, and because petitioners are likely to prevail on the merits, the court should grant a stay of enforcement of the ODFW rules pending disposition of this judicial review.
 
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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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