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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Boats big and small sailed through the Charleston Harbor in anticipation of a bountiful shrimping season. On shore, hundreds of people celebrated with live music, and plenty of food and alcohol while the ships were blessed.
 
For the last month, the story has been one of recovery for a local shrimper who nearly lost his boat. But at Sunday's blessing of the fleet, it was a chance for Tommy Edwards and the Miss Judy Too to make a fresh start.
 
For most people aboard the Miss Judy Too on Sunday, the blessing of the fleet was all about the party, the good food, and just having a good time.
 
But for Edwards, it was a little more visceral.
 
"It feels nice to smell the fresh air and get the sea salt in [my] face," he said.
 
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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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