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After more than a decade of waiting for federal funding, a jetty and a seawall will finally be built to protect Tangier Island's harbor from erosion, officials said Tuesday.
 
The 3-mile long Accomack County island sits in the Chesapeake Bay not far from Maryland waters and it has been threatened by erosion and storm surges for years. The island can only be reached by aircraft and boat, making the harbor a critical lifeline. The 430-foot-long seawall and 50-foot spur jetty is intended to protect the harbor from waves as well as damage caused by sheets of ice that are pushed into the inner channel and harbor.
 
"As Hurricane Sandy demonstrated all too clearly, it is critically important to protect the harbor with this barrier to clouding and coastal erosion. Also, this project will enable us, at the same time, to continue to preserve a culturally significant way of life that has changed little over centuries," Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement.

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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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