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EASTON, Md. (WJZ) — Police in Maryland make one of the biggest oyster busts in years. Natural Resources officers seize thousands of pounds of undersized oysters being smuggled out of state.
 
Meghan McCorkell has more on the bust.
 
Investigators say it all started with a tip about someone poaching a massive amount of oysters from the bay.
 
Police painstakingly measure thousands of illegal oysters found in one of the largest busts ever.
 
“I’ve been working on the job for 26 years and it is the largest oyster seizure that I’ve seen,” said Lt. Arthur Windemuth, DNR Police.
 
Investigators pulled over a tractor-trailer from Coward Seafood along Route 50 in Easton. When they inspected it, they found 188 bushels. Seventeen officers worked for seven hours to measure each oyster inside the truck.
 
“Out of those 188 bushels, 187 did not comply with Maryland cull law,” said Windemuth.
 
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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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