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Investigators looking into the sinking of a Port Norris-based commercial fishing boat Thursday morning off Cape May Point believe the dredge got caught on an underwater snag that caused the boat to roll over.

State Police interviewed two survivors of the sinking, with one man still missing at sea, before coming to a preliminary finding.

"All indications, based on interviews and the evidence at hand, is the boat was dredging and got caught on something and then it capsized," State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said.

The 40-foot Linda Claire was at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, six miles west of Cape May Point, dredging for conchs and blue crabs Thursday morning when the boat rolled over and sent the three-man crew into 43-degree waters. Captain Chris Serra, 27, of Vineland, and Dave Wood, 25, of Commercial Township, were both saved by crewmen from other boats working in the area.

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Inside the Industry

NOAA recently published a proposed rule that would implement a traceability plan to help combat IUU fishing. The program would seek to trace the origins of imported seafood by setting up reporting and filing procedures for products entering the U.S.

The traceability program would collect data on harvest, landing, and chain of custody of fish and fish products that have been identified as particularly vulnerable to IUU fishing and fraud.

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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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