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Gloucester city officials, caught unaware of the city’s expected role in distributing federal fishery disaster funds to eligible local shore-side businesses, were scrambling Tuesday to determine exactly what the city must do to help get funds to affected businesses along the city’s waterfront.
 
The story the Alaska Dispatch News reprinted, "Internal memos spur accusations of bias as EPA moves to block Pebble Mine," (Feb. 16) from the Washington Post’s recent story on the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region doesn’t just omit some key facts -- it fails to report the most relevant facts in telling the whole story.
 

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) - On a crisp winter morning in the Gulf of Mexico, a 33-foot U.S. Coast Guard special-purpose craft bounced across white-tipped swells in pursuit of a rickety boat that was fishing illegally in U.S. waters.
 

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MIDDLETOWN — For the seafaring members of the Belford Seafood Cooperative, a dredging project that will deepen channels in two local waterways will mean an end to waiting hours to bring in their catch.
 

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ELLSWORTH — New rules for fishing gear intended to protect whales, set to go into effect June 1, include adding special marks to buoy lines on gear set outside a Maine exemption line.
 
The icy standoff between fishermen and environmentalists over trawling may thaw a bit thanks to new and more targeted research on its effects.
 
HAMPTON - A bill that would help local fishermen comfortably store their equipment at home without concern for complaints by their town and neighbors was recommended for passage last week by the Municipal and County Government Committee.
 
WASILLA — A new state review suggests the three-member state commission overseeing some of Alaska’s most lucrative commercial fisheries is prone to inefficiency and ripe for overhaul, with a few employees who are paid but rarely show up at the office.
 

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If you want to protect New England's most iconic fish and still allow fishermen to catch them, it’s critical to know when and where they reproduce. The trouble is, we don't.
 

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Lovers choose lobster as the top Valentine’s Day dish to share with that special someone. Crab legs and shrimp also get the nod as "romantic meals" on Feb. 14 — one of the busiest dining-out days for U.S. restaurants. 
 

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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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