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The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission preserved shrimp trawling in the Pamlico Sound on Thursday by voting down a proposal to declare the entire body of water a nursery.

Nearly 200 shrimpers work the Pamlico Sound and have been outspoken in opposition to the rule change. Shrimping is the state's second-largest fishing industry. Trawling in the Pamlico Sound would have to stop if the sound were declared a nursery.

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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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