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Voting members of a pacific regional fishery council are saying a proposal by the Obama administration to expand a conservation zone in the Pacific Ocean “will economically harm” fishermen in the area in exchange for “no added conservation benefit.”
 
The announcement came from voting members of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, one of eight established by the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The voting members represent the state of Hawaii, territories of American Samoa and Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
 
“Noting that the President himself has declared that the United States “has largely ended overfishing in federally managed waters,” the council members are urging the administration to continue allowing U.S. fishermen into these areas,” the council said in a statement.
 
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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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