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The entire Massachusetts delegation is backing Gov. Deval Patrick's effort to have the federal Small Business Administration provide economic assistance to fishermen through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
 
A letter dated Monday and signed by both Massachusetts senators and eight congressmen says: "Our fishermen and fishing-related businesses need SBA assistance as they work to adjust to a perfect storm of events that threatens the future one of our nation's oldest and most storied industries and the coastal communities that depend on it."
 
Significant cuts in the amounts of groundfish that Northeastern fishermen may catch and other harsh economic factors have driven many fishermen out of the business and significantly threaten those who remain, the lawmakers said.
 
Sen. Ed Markey, who coordinated the efforts of his colleagues, said: "Fishermen need help, and these small business loans are another way to get them financial assistance that will actually keep their businesses afloat. Massachusetts' lawmakers in Washington are united in our efforts to get fishermen the respect and the assistance they deserve."
 
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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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