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Three Massachusetts congressmen — John Tierney, William Keating and Ed Markey — are prepared to petition the House Rules Committee today to reinstate in the Superstorm Sandy supplemental appropriation bill more than $100 million for fisheries disaster relief stripped out by the Republican leadership.

While cutting the fisheries relief, Republican leadership amendments introduced nearly half a billion in spending on a wide range of programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, much of it unrelated to the super storm or of a non-emergency nature.

For three days, the authors of the amendments — House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky and Rep. Rodney Freilinghuysen of New Jersey — have refused to respond to multiple inquiries into the reasoning behind the decision to give huge sums to NOAA for a variety of purposes while virtually eliminating relief for fishermen in Massachusetts and six other states where socio-economic "disasters" have been recognized by the Commerce Department.

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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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