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ELLSWORTH, Maine — New rules for the elver fishery that were overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the Legislature will result in a delay of at least two weeks to the start of the season, according to state officials.

Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, said Tuesday that because of the time needed to work out the logistics of the new measures, the season is not expected to start until next month, most likely sometime after April 5.

The bill approved Tuesday by the House and Senate, LD 1625, establishes the percentage of the statewide catch limit that will be reserved for Maine's Indian tribes and gives DMR authority to set individual quotas for non-tribal fishermen. According to the bill, it will be up to the tribes to decide the amount that each individual tribal fisherman will be allowed to catch.

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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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