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Alaska's statewide commercial fishing trade association has hired Julianne Curry as its Executive Director. Curry, who participates in longline fisheries, has worked for UFA member group Petersburg Vessel Owners Association for six years. The UFA board selected Ms. Curry at its annual fall meeting in Anchorage. Curry had served on the UFA Executive Committee as UFA Subsistence Chair for 5 years and most recently as UFA's PR/Membership chair. Curry will be based in Juneau for the legislative sessions and will begin the position on January 1, 2013.

"I am excited and honored for the privilege of representing UFA. The fishing industry is one of Alaska's primary economic drivers and employs thousands of individuals throughout the State. I am looking forward to helping UFA promote the fishing industry and provide a voice for Alaska's largest private sector employer," said Curry.

Curry succeeds Mark Vinsel, who has served in the executive position since 2004 after three years as UFA office manager and will transition back to an administrative role.

"Julianne brought fresh energy when she first joined the UFA board in 2006 and has been very active on the board and Executive Committee. She can hit the ground running with her broad knowledge of the wide ranging issues that are within UFA's mission to promote and protect the common interests of Alaska's commercial fishing industry. I look forward to supporting Julianne and UFA in an administrative role, to help keep fishermen in business," said Vinsel.

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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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