Written by Jen Finn
A Maine lobsterman and his son are making their first court appearance on charges they were in possession of more than 400 illegal lobsters.
Ricky Curtis, 48, of Union, and his son, Todd Curtis, 29, of South Thomaston, are being arraigned Monday in Knox County District Court on charges of illegal possession of V-notched and mutilated lobsters.
Officials say the men face potential fines of up to $190,000.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...