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Dare County Commissioners Warren Judge, Virginia Tillett and Bob Woodard hand delivered a resolution regarding Oregon Inlet to leaders of the N.C. General Assembly in Raleigh on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for the opening of the assembly's 2013 session.

Copies of the resolution were delivered to the offices of District 6 Representative Paul Tine, District 1 Senator Bill Cook and Senate Pro Tempore Phil Berger.

After hearing emotional pleas for emergency action by Dare County watermen at the Jan. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting, the board reviewed their long-time advocacy for the inlet and support for immediate and decisive action to clear the inlet and safeguard the commercial fishing, charter boat and boat building industries on the Outer Banks. The board also scheduled a special meeting to address the issue for Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

The "Resolution Calling for Immediate Funding for the Dredging of Oregon Inlet" was passed by the board during a closed session at the conclusion of the meeting. Noting the "dangerous situation that threatens the lives and property of commercial and recreational vessels and jeopardizes the economy of the region," the resolution stated that the board "strongly renews its request that state and federal agencies immediately begin the work necessary to clear the channel at Oregon Inlet and to appropriate ongoing funding to maintain safe and reliable access as a matter of economic necessity and public safety."

The resolution also noted that Oregon Inlet has "an annual documented economic impact of over $682 million and generates over $88 million each year in federal, state and local tax revenue."

Read the full story at the Outer Banks Sentinel>>

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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