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A Kotzebue commercial fisherman faces charges of waste after he left more than 100 salmon caught in a gillent to rot, Alaska State Troopers say.

Troopers issued a summons Aug. 6 for Roswell Schaeffer Sr., 66, for “waste of salmon” after he allegedly abandoned a half shackle of commercial gillnet filled with 103 salmon in the waters of the Kotzebue Commercial Fishing District.

Troopers did not reveal where the net was found but said they were given an anonymous complaint about a net and its location. After speaking with Schaeffer about the net, troopers issued him a summons to appear in court to face the misdemeanor charge.

If convicted, Schaeffer could face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. A troopers spokesperson said in an email that it’s more likely Schaeffer’s net will be forfeited and he’ll pay restitution and other fines.

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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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