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Eastham resident Scott Nolan began fishing for sea clams 30 years ago. He fishes on an 80-foot vessel named the Goody Hallet along with his son, Max, 26. Provincetown is their home port, but they’ve been fishing out of New Bedford for the past few months because the company they sell their clams to can unload them on the spot.
 
“It used to be a bigger fishery,” Scott says of sea clamming. “There used to be 100 to 150 boats fishing for them at one time and then after they went to this quota system in the early 90s, the boats started disappearing because of what they call consolidation, where these big companies ended up owning most of the quota and all of the small independent guys got out of the business. Now it’s down to around 50 boats fishing for sea clams in federal water.”
 
Scott is able to fish for sea clams because he leases quota from the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust program of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. In 2012, the Trust bought 31,136 bushels of surf clam quota to enable this historic fishery to continue on Cape Cod. Scott and Max currently fish on Nantucket Shoals. Their method of fishing is fairly straightforward.
 
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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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