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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, meeting last week in Houston, approved a proposal that ultimately could give recreational anglers a higher percentage of the annual red snapper take than the commercial fleet.
 
By a 9-6 vote, the council approved Amendment 28, which would reallocate any red snapper caught over a 9.12 million pound baseline. Under the proposal, recreational anglers would get 75 percent of those fish.
 
The proposal will go through a public-comment period before it is voted up or down by the council. That pivotal meeting could take place in New Orleans, according to the Gulf Council's Charlene Ponce.
 
"Initially, (the council) thought they might take final action in June, but that meeting is in Key West," Ponce said. "They're talking about holding a special one-day meeting at the end of May in New Orleans or somewhere along the central Gulf Coast."
 
That meeting would be the final public hearing on the matter. The council is in the process of setting up other public hearings during the month of March.
 
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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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