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PROVINCETOWN — Coast Guard Station Provincetown officers said "thank you" Friday to lobster boat Capt. Beau Gribbin and his crew for their "swift, unselfish and courageous" help when the Twin Lights fishing boat capsized and sank Nov. 18.

The Twin Lights, which docked in Provincetown, is believed to have become snagged on another boat's fishing gear at about 11:30 a.m. two miles north of Race Point Light.

As Capt. Jean Frottier, 69, of Wellfleet attempted to untangle his equipment, the 40-foot boat capsized and then went down, according to accounts from local fishermen at the scene.

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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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