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A multi-state fisheries commission will consider whether the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery should continue to be open to anyone who asks for a license.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission restricts the impact of fishing on northern shrimp in the Gulf of Maine by setting a cap on the total amount of shrimp that can be harvested by licensed fishermen from the three gulf states — Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This past winter, there was no shrimp fishing in the gulf because regulators determined that the stock of shrimp in the gulf was so low that the total allowable catch should be zero.

The commission indicated last week that it may amend its fishery management plan to establish a limited entry program for the fishery, which would set a cap on the number of shrimp licenses in the three states. Marin Hawk, the commission's management coordinator for the species, indicated Wednesday in an email that developing and implementing such a program could take between six months and two years.

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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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