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Joining the growing list of organizations vocalizing opposition to a proposed statewide initiative that would ban setnetting in certain parts of the state, the Kenai City Council Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution cementing its opposition to the initiative.
 
At least 15 people sat in on the council meeting and several testified in support of the Cook Inlet’s setnet fishery — the largest group of setnetters in the state that would be affected were the proposed ballot initiative were to pass.
 
The Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, Kenai Peninsula Fisherman’s Association, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Salmon Alliance have all voiced opposition to the proposed initiative through media releases, resolutions and legal opinions sent to Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell’s office.
 
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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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