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BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) — Georgia's food shrimp season for commercial and recreational shrimpers officially kicked off Tuesday at 6 a.m.

From 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, commercial shrimpers can cast their power-drawn nets in state waters. However, shrimping is allowed 24-hours a day more than three miles off shore in federal waters.

Ambitious net-casters must adhere to the 1,000 foot boating safety zone along the beaches of Tybee Island, Sea Island, St. Simon's Island and Jekyll Island. The zone is in effect until Sept. 30.

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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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