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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - Monday morning Shem Creek Fisheries, a non profit organization working to help aid local shrimpers, went to Mount Pleasant's financial committee to ask how they can partner with the town in order to stay in business.
 
According to the organization's leader, Grace Edwards, the meeting was successful but it's in the beginning stages and not much can be done yet. She also said the organization would like to qualify as a charitable recipient at the Blessing of the Fleet, right now shrimpers don't receive more than t-shirt sale money from the event.
 
Considering the harsh winter of the Lowcountry, the past years of miserable shrimping and a growing demand for imported shrimp, the organization fears the industry is dying.
 
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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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