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In an effort to help Rhode Island fishermen, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed helped lead a bipartisan effort to include $150 million in federal funding for fisheries disasters that were declared in 2012. The subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday.

"This is a positive step forward that could help provide real relief to our fishermen," said Reed. "Fishing communities in Rhode Island and throughout the Northeast were affected directly and indirectly by the groundfish disaster."

In September 2012, a federal fisheries disaster was declared for multiple groundfish species in the Northeast Atlantic as a result of severely low stocks of key groundfish species, such as cod and flounder. Six Northeast states have been significantly impacted by this disaster declaration, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York.

According to a U.S. Senate committee report, U.S. commercial fishermen landed more than 10 billion pounds of seafood valued at more than $5 billion. However, some of these fisheries experienced significant hardships in 2012, which led the U.S. secretary of commerce to declare several federal fishery disasters.

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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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