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A 45-foot fishing boat carrying several hundred pounds of salmon flipped over and capsized near Valdez on Friday, Coast Guard officials said.
 
None of the four adult crew members on board were injured in the incident, which was reported about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, according to a Coast Guard statement issued Saturday. The Homer-based fishing boat Elohim was passing through Port Valdez when it flipped over, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Allie Ferko.
 
The cause is under investigation, Ferko said.
 
The four crew members were in the cabin of the fishing boat when it started to roll, Ferko said. Two managed to climb out the window of the cabin, and the other two escaped out the back door of the cabin, she said.
 
"And they actually climbed, as it was rolling, onto the bottom of the boat," Ferko said.
 
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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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