National Fisherman


The five Gulf Coast states affected by the 2010 BP-Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout will soon receive federal funds to help restore local environments.
 
Estimates peg that total to range from $1.5–$2 million per year for 10 or more years, as part of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourism Opportunities, and Revived Economy Act of 2012, better known as the RESTORE Act.
 
RESTORE established a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council that includes the five affected states’ governors and the secretaries of the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Commerce, Agriculture and Homeland Security. The council will ultimately oversee the distribution of funds as it receives and reviews project requests from communities all over the Gulf Coast.
 
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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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