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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Shrimping season in Mississippi waters is just around the corner and to prepare for any fishing season fishermen take part in the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Biloxi.
 
Sunday marked the 85th year of the event which is one of the oldest blessing ceremonies in the country.
 
WLOX News was aboard the Pan American Clipper with this year's Shrimp King and Queen as well as Father Gregory Barras who was blessing the boats.
 
Fifty-seven decorated working and pleasure boats cruised the channel slowly passing the Pan American Clipper to greet the 2014 Shrimp King and Queen and receive a blessing for a safe and abundant fishing season from Father Gregory Barras of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi.
 
"Praying for each of them to have safety out into the water and then back and that they have a good catch and able to sustain their lives with that," said Barras.
 
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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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