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CEDAR KEY - Cedar Key is one of the top producers of clams for the nation. That may be changing though. As the industry is taking a hard hit now that clam prices are at a record low. However a possible lease expansion in Cedar Key may become a new opportunity for some wholesalers, but independent clammers fear the abundance of clams will further depreciate the price.
 
Clammers met with the director of the state department of aquaculture, to discuss whether or not cedar key would expand its clam leases. And while the tone of the meeting escalated rather quickly, most clammers in attendance worry their businesses could be washed away.
 
"It's hard to get a sale," said Mike Hodges who has been clamming for about 20 years now. He says clam prices are lower than ever, dropping from 12 cents to 7 cents a clam. "You're lucky if you can get 10 bushels a week sale. Which 10 bushels a week ten years ago would bring $1100-1200 to a farmer a week. Now a 10 bushel sale of clams is barely $600," Hodges said.

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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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