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Public participation in the process for setting salmon fishing seasons will kick off March 3 when salmon run forecasts are released. The final decisions are scheduled to be made at meetings April 5-10.
 
The March meeting is the traditional start of the North of Falcon process during which state, federal and tribal fishery managers hammer out the fishing seasons for the coming year.
 
During the morning session, staff from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will reveal salmon forecasts for the Puget Sound region, coastal Washington and the Columbia River. There also will be discussion of fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2014-15.
 
The forecast meeting, set to take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will be held in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia.
 
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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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