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A Sitka man was attacked by a sea lion during offloading at a Stka dock on Sunday.
 
While off-loading their catch at the Seafood Producers Cooperative dock on Sunday, a man was attacked and bitten by sea lion according to the troopers dispatch.
 
The 19-year-old man was sitt ing on the boat rail during off-loading and a large bull sea lion launched itself from the water and bit the man on the buttocks causing him to fall forward onto the deck according to Wildlife troopers. man received minor injuries that did not require medical attention.
 
Wildlife troopers are working with National Marine Fisheries personnel attempting to determine what prompted the attack on Sunday.
 
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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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