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TARPON SPRINGS - The smell of diesel fuel lingers in the air near the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs.

Crews are cleaning up what is left of more than 6,000 gallons of fuel that was on board the Skye Marie shrimp boat when it caught fire and sank last week.

The charred fishing vessel is blocking businesses along the Anclote River. A spokesperson for Florida Fish and Wildlife said it is their job to ensure the Skye Marie is moved and the environment is protected.

Longtime shrimper Billy Harris owns the Skye Marie. He does not have insurance and said he cannot afford to move the boat. He also said he cannot afford to pay for the extensive clean-up. The clean-up got more complicated after Monday morning's high tide.

"The high tide shifted pocket of fuel that was in the forward part of the vessel. That fuel then, it was an undetermined amount, but it did come to the surface," said Michael De Nyse, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard. "We noticed it and we attacked it quickly and got SWS environmental services on scene. They were contracted to then collect that fuel that rose to the surface."

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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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