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CAMBRIDGE — Lumps of hardened, sandy clay, some shaped as if they might contain a small oyster shell, are being placed in the Little Choptank River to expand existing natural oyster bars.
 
The lumps of clay were the stars of a press conference held here Sunday before the start of a crab feast fundraiser for State Sen. Richard Colburn. Among those speaking against the use of this material to expand oyster bars were Eastern Shore representatives State Sen. Stephen Hershey (R-Upper Shore), and delegates Mike McDermott (R-Worcester) and Charles Otto (R-Wicomico).
 
Maryland Watermen’s Association President Robert Brown held a small tray of the clay lumps as he explained that Monday the MWA will be taking the matter of “illegal dumping” in the Little Choptank to the Maryland Department of the Environment in an effort to stop the fossil oyster shell from being placed in the Little Choptank.
 
“We hope we can stop it,” Brown said.
 
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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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