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York Hall will play host to two events Wednesday, with protesters gathering to support farming rights for an hourlong rally before a public hearing on potential changes to the county’s zoning ordinance that could curb farming activities on more than 6,000 properties in the county.
 
The rally begins at 6 p.m. and is described as a pitchfork rally, though one of the organizers cautioned participants not to bring pitchforks. Attending the rally will be Del. Brenda Pogge (R-96), King George County Supervisor Ruby Brabo and Lois Gibbons, the president of the Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association along with other farming activists. It is meant to serve as a place for citizens and other interested parties to gather to protest the potential changes.
 
Behind the rally is a group of county citizens, said Anthony Bavuso, a Seaford oyster farmer who is a member of the group. The group is also behind the website PreservePropertyRights.com, which has tracked the potential changes since they were first announced by the county in late March.
 
In an interview with WYDaily last week, Dandy resident and oyster farmer Greg Garrett said he was a member of the group and behind the production and distribution of a flyer mailed to homes in the county that announced the group and the rally.
 
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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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