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NEW BEDFORD — Good news for city fisheries was hard to come by in NOAA's "stock status report" released Tuesday.
 
The report, released in tandem with an economic assessment of the fishing industry, describes the agency's fisheries management nationwide as a success story.
 
But in New England and Massachusetts specifically, the good news is limited to the lobsters and scallops, which made up two-thirds of the region's revenue from fisheries in 2012.
 
That year, New England landed 664 million pounds of finfish and shellfish, earning $1.2 billion in landings revenue, according to NOAA. Of that, $424 million came from lobster and $389 million came from sea scallops.
 
"The report puts every region together with the whole country and calls it a big success, but in New England the groundfishery really isn't doing well," said Brian Rothschild, former dean of the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. "We still have some real problems in New England straightening out our management picture."
 
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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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