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The Gloucester City Council presented Scott Memhard with the hat trick of political support Tuesday night when it joined Mayor Carolyn Kirk and the city’s state legislative contingent to support the removal of Cape Pond Ice’s Commercial Street property from the city’s Designated Port Area.
 
The council voted 7-0, with councilor-at-large Joe Ciolino recusing himself and councilor Sefatia Romeo Theken voting “present,” to express its support for Memhard’s quest to excise his property from the city’s DPA, which requires that 50 percent of any parcel within its boundaries carry a marine industrial and water-dependent use.
 
At the behest of Kirk, state Senate Minority leader Bruce Tarr and state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante currently are in the midst of drafting a bill that would remove the Cape Pond Ice property, located at 104-106A Commercial St., from the DPA.
 
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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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