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Some 47,000 salmon are estimated to have escaped from a farm owned by Alsaker Fjordbruk in southwestern Norway in February, reported the newspaper Bergens Tidende (BT).
 
The incident is the fifth escape of salmon reported from five separate farms so far this year.
 
The escape was reported in February but authorities have only now gotten a clear overview over the number of salmon that have escaped.
 
The cage affected held 103,000 farmed salmon, of an average weight of 2.2 kilos.
 
The farm is located in Alfjorden, between Stavanger and Bergen on the southwestern coast of Norway.
 
Alsaker experienced another escape only last week, said BT, this time from a site slightly further north, between Bomlo and Stord.
 
A representative at the company told the newspaper they had not identified the cause of the accident yet.
 
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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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