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The process for determining the successful applicants for Saltonstall-Kennedy grant funds is entering the final stages of technical review and administrators hope to begin the flow of money to successful candidates sometime in January, NOAA officials said Tuesday.
 
The review, delayed by almost a month by the partial shutdown of the federal government in October, is being conducted by staffers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and outside technical reviewers with the specific expertise necessary to assess individual grant applications, according to Susan Olsen, a program coordinator in NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office in Gloucester.
 
According to the federal funding opportunity for the Saltonstall-Kennedy program, the technical review could be supplemented by a constituent panel review before a final determination is made and successful applicants are notified.
 
The program, designed to fund private and public-private research and development projects that benefit the U.S. fishing industry, drew 261 proposals nationally, all vying for a pool of money that NOAA officials have estimated at between $5 million and $11 million. The money is drawn from federal tariffs paid on seafood imported into the U.S., and nearly 90 percent of all seafood sold in the U.S. is now imported.
 
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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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