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Soaring demand in recent years for young American eels, which are often shipped to Asian markets to be raised for food, has generated fresh concern about the health of the species along the East Coast.
 
Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state investigators searched several locations from Maine to South Carolina as part of an investigation into the illegal eel trade, a law-enforcement official said. Young eels—known as elvers, or glass eels, because of their transparent appearance—are transported overseas to mature in aquaculture ponds.
 
Operation Broken Glass is examining possible violations of federal export law, said Col. Joe Fessenden, chief of marine law enforcement at Maine's Department of Marine Resources.
 
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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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