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The city will take the first step Friday in determining how to use a $75,000 state grant designed to help sustain Gloucester’s shore-side businesses until its commercial fishing industry can regain its economic footing.
 
The grant, secured in October, largely on the work of state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, will help identify essential harbor resources that could be in danger of disappearing before a more comprehensive plan for rescuing or reinventing the fishing industry can be developed.
 
But in the eyes of the city, this initial grant can lay the groundwork for so much more, serving as a springboard to reignite the discussion that first began in earnest last spring with the development of the so-called “bridge plan” on how best to proceed with the recovery of the port, encompassing all of the complex economic and social issues.
 
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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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