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HUDSON — Within 17 hours of each other, two men were plucked from the Gulf of Mexico along the North Suncoast after having chest pains aboard fishing vessels.
 
The first happened Wednesday evening, according to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard. A 72-year-old man aboard the Nina, a 28-foot commercial fishing boat, complained of chest pains.
 
The boat's master radioed the Coast Guard Sector in St. Petersburg around 5:45 p.m. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter crew, which found the boat around 7 p.m.
 
The helicopter crew hoisted the man from the boat and flew him to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition.
 
Then on Thursday morning, the Coast Guard fielded a call about a man aboard the St. Philip, another commercial fishing boat, 15 miles southwest of Crystal River. The 64-year-old also was having chest pains, the release states.
 
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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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