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PORT O'CONNOR - The sleepy fishing village of Port O'Connor became abuzz Thursday, evolving into a multiagency oil-response headquarters.
 
Throughout the day, response crews dropped more booms into the Gulf of Mexico designed to protect environmentally sensitive Matagorda Island and its endangered species.
 
Aerial observations in the morning detected patchy, washed-up oil globs spread over a 12-mile stretch of the Gulf-side beach of the island, south of the state park.
 
"I know a lot of people in town are a little upset because they feel like they should tell us what's going on," said Mary Jo Walker, the Port O'Connor Chamber of Commerce president.
 
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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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