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Gulf of Maine shrimpers, including those working out of Gloucester, could learn as early as next week the details on the stock assessment for the upcoming 2013-14 season, with the most recent data still indicating it could be one of the worst seasons in recorded history.
 
Marin Hawk of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission said Tuesday that the data collected to date reflect continuing recruitment failures that appear to have left the stock at its lowest numbers since the organization began keeping records in 1984.
 
”We are finishing up the stock assessment update,” Hawk said. “It should be finalized next week.”
 
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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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