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ANCHORAGE - A state judge has found that a Bristol Bay community’s initiative to restrict large-scale mining in the region conflicts with existing state authority to do so, a victory for backers of the proposed Pebble Mine.
 
Superior Court Judge John Suddock’s Wednesday decision grants the Pebble Limited Partnership summary judgment in its challenge of the Lake and Peninsula Borough’s “Save Our Salmon” initiative.
 
The measure, which passed by 37 votes during October 2011 polls in the 1,600-person borough, would bar mines larger than 640 acres from having an “adverse effect” on coastal resources or the balance of resources within the region.
 
In a 29-page opinion, Suddock says the initiative would not constitute an effective ban on large-scale mining, as argued by opponents. In his view, however, the case turned on whether the borough initiative could countermand the state’s regulatory authority over mines -- a conclusion he denied, noting that state lawmakers have granted the Department of Natural Resources “charge of all matters affecting the mineral resources of the state.”
 
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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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