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Commercial fishermen and eligible shoreside businesses will get their first opportunity tonight to question state officials on Massachusetts’ plan to distribute $14.5 million in federal groundfish disaster aid money.
 
The state Division of Marine Fisheries has scheduled a 6 p.m. open meeting at the DMF’s Annisquam River Station at 30 Emerson Ave. that will include some heavy-hitters from the state, including Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Mary Griffin and DMF Director Paul Diodati, DMF Deputy Director David Pierce and DMF policy analyst Melanie Griffin.
 
The meeting will be the first of four that DMF has scheduled in communities along coastal Massachusetts to discuss the plan that is designed to pay $6.3 million in direct financial assistance — or $32,463 each — to 194 eligible Bay State fishermen, including 53 in Gloucester.
 
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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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