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BREWER, Maine — A divided state scallop advisory council ignored the recommendations of fisheries experts with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and proposed the same number of fishing days for next season.
 
DMR staff proposed a shorter season in all zones with the same daily scallop harvest limits as before. The agency suggested 48 scallop fishing days for Zone 1 and Zone 2 and 32 days for Zone 3, which is the Cobscook Bay region.
 
Instead, members of the 13-member council, which is made up of fishermen, dealers and other industry officials to advise DMR, voted at their meeting Monday to recommend the same number of fishing days for next season — 70 days for Zones 1 and 2, and 50 days for Zone 3. (Scallop fishermen did not get all those days in the last season; by emergency action, the agency curtailed the scallop harvest — notably in the Cobscook Bay region, where the number of days was trimmed to 33.)
 
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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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