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Jan. 24--The men and women who monitor coastal Georgia fisheries are watching water temperatures closely to see how they might effect spring catches, especially with the mercury dipping below freezing several nights in a row for the second time this month.
 
Spud Woodward, director of the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, Brunswick, said when water temperatures dip into the lower 40s and below, shrimp and other popular fish species, like spotted sea trout, are put in peril.
 
"It can reach lethal levels for some species," Woodward said.
 
With forecasted temperatures dropping as low as 28 degrees today and lows that are predicted to be in the 30s through the weekend, Woodward said the winter has the potential to impact the spring shrimp harvest.
 
"We watch these kinds of winters with great concern." Woodward said. "If you get down to the low 40s, you start losing shrimp."
 
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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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