Written by Jen Finn
LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will hold a public meeting Thursday on how the state should spend $10.9 million it received for damage to oyster and blue crab fisheries.
The hearing, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Long Beach's St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, is meant to let commercially licensed crabbers and oystermen comment on spending.
The money is compensation for a pulse of fresh water released into the Mississippi Sound when Louisiana's Bonnet Carre (BON'-ee CAYR'-ee) Spillway opened in 2011 to relieve Mississippi River flooding.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...