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BELLINGHAM - This year's pink salmon run is looking good, both locally and regionally.
 
Business is going strong at Bellingham Cold Storage, which helps process, pack and ship salmon throughout the season.
 
"I'm not sure exactly how it stacks up compared to previous years yet, but there's a substantial amount of fish out there," said Doug Thomas, CEO and president of Bellingham Cold Storage. "It seems like the biomass is very healthy."
 
The company hires hundreds of laborers to work shifts around the clock throughout August and September, generally the busiest time of year. As of last week it had 250 workers on hand and was looking for about 25 more people, Thomas said.
 
Bellingham Cold Storage has received hundreds of thousands of pounds of salmon each day in recent days.
 
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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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