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York County Attorney James Barnett will file complaints in court seeking to stop Seaford residents Anthony Bavuso and Elyse Pyle — husband and wife — as well as Dandy resident Greg Garrett from using their waterfront properties as part of their oyster harvesting operations.

One complaint addresses Bavuso and Pyle's operation in the York Point subdivision in Seaford while the other deals with Garrett's operation at his property in Dandy. The complaints could be filed as early as today, Barnett said.

WYDaily has a copy of the complaint against Bavuso and Pyle, which says the two have continued to use their property on Creek Circle in the course of operating their business, the Seaford Oyster Company, despite a January decision from the Supreme Court of Virginia that says Bavuso and Pyle need a special-use permit to use their property in the course of their operation.

Both Bavuso and Garrett cited House Bill 1089, which was signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday, when asked for comment on the complaints. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, bars municipalities from requiring special-use permits for farming activities on land with agricultural classifications. Each of the oyster farmers' properties are in land zoned for both residential uses and farming. It also adds aquaculture — the harvesting of food from the sea — to the list of farming activities municipalities cannot regulate via special-use permits.

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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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