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A commercial fish processing facility that serves the Montauk commercial fishing fleet will receive a $120,000 state grant to fund a project to rebuild the plant following an electrical fire and expand it, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. said on Thursday in a statement applauding the award.
 
Montauk Fish Dock, a fish unloading, packing, processing and distribution facility, will receive the sum from Empire State Development. The grant is intended to help fund the purchase of machinery and equipment and renovate the dock, much of which was destroyed in the 2012 fire.
 
The entire reconstruction and upgrade is expected to cost nearly $560,000, the assemblyman’s office said.
 
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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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