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MOREHEAD CITY | The commercial red drum season reopened this week in North Carolina coastal waters but with stricter harvest limits than last year.
 
The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission agreed at its August meeting to approve plans by Division of Marine Fisheries Director Louis Daniel to reopen the season Sept. 1 with a lower bycatch allowance.
 
Commercial fishermen will be allowed a seven-fish-per day bycatch allowance, so long as the weight of flounder, striped mullet, bluefish or black drum on board exceeds the weight of the red drum, according to information from the Division of Marine Fisheries.
 
For the past several years, the allowance has been 10 fish and any finfish species except menhaden could serve as the target species.
 
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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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