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EASTON, Md. — Chesapeake College will host a symposium on the economic impact of the commercial fishing industry.

The symposium is scheduled Thursday at the college's Wye Mills campus. The event is being held by the Chesapeake Bay Commercial Fishermen's Association and Comptroller Peter Franchot's office.

Association President Gabby Dean says he hopes the symposium will illustrate the cultural heritage of Maryland's commercial fishing industry, which he says has been overlooked at times.

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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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