National Fisherman


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A population of Pacific harbor seals living in an Alaska lake could be another hurdle for developers proposing a massive open-pit copper and gold mine.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday petitioned the federal government for endangered species protection for harbor seals that live in Iliamna Lake about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Pebble Mine poses a threat to the only known U.S. freshwater population of harbor seal, said spokeswoman Kiersten Lippman.

"They often don't do well with human disturbance, in many cases, especially if they're not used to it," said Lippman, a biologist for the group in Anchorage.

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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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