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Ahead of the annual Louisiana Oyster Industry Convention next week, oystermen and distributors in Lafourche Parish are describing the worst oyster haul they have ever seen - low numbers that could transform the seafood into a "delicacy," as one distributor phrased it to the Thibodaux Daily Comet.
 
"We've come to a tipping point with pricing. It is more expensive than lobster is, than softshell crabs. That is a huge thing," Al Sunseri, owner of P & J Oyster Company in New Orleans, told the Daily Comet. "Oysters were always the least expensive. It is going to become a delicacy." That could affect his 140-year-old business going forward, Sunseri said. 
 
"It's still bad out here. There are just not enough oysters to go around," Nick Collins a fourth-generation oysterman with Collins Oyster Co. in Golden Meadow told the Daily Comet. Collins said he hauls in 80 sacks of oysters per day, down from 200 in the past.
 
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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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