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The oyster beds that produce those plump Louisiana oysters so many of us love are in danger. That’s what local oyster industry insiders are saying, and they’re putting the blame on the state’s plans for coastal restoration. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has the details.
 
“The oyster industry has been here since the early 1800′s, the commercial industry. It’s important to our culture. It’s important to our culinary tourism. We’re just trying to make sure that the state is doing all it can to see that it survives,” explains fourth generation oysterman John Tesvich, “It’s not about me and my own business right now. It’s about the future, and for future generations.”
 
Tesvich, who is also on the chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, says this is the worst oyster season on record. He attributes that to the BP oil spill, but says a move by the state to fight coastal erosion will make matters worse.
 
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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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