National Fisherman


Proponents of a massive and contentious copper and gold mine in Alaska are poised to issue a rebuttal to the Environmental Protection Agency’s February move to halt the project in its early stages.
 
The Pebble Partnership expects to respond Tuesday to the EPA’s February decision to delay the permitting process for the Pebble Mine project under a seldom-used provision of the Clean Water Act, according to the firm’s CEO, Tom Collier.
 
Collier said the move amounts to regulatory overreach by the agency.
 
“We don’t believe they have the statutory authority,” he said Monday.
 
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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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