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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The International Trade Commission has turned down a request from the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries to place higher tariffs on imported shrimp from several foreign countries. This could be considered a major setback for the Gulf shrimping industry.
 
American shrimpers have claimed for years that the foreign shrimp are being dumped here for less than the actual cost, undercutting U.S. harvested shrimp.
 
At Golden Gulf Packing Company, gulf shrimp roll down the racks. The vote by the International Trade Commission may mean these machines will be silenced one day. 
 
Richard Gollott who heads up the operation said, "I think eventually, maybe not right away quickly, but eventually this could be the demise of the shrimp industry. We've told the international trade commission that, that it meant jobs, American jobs," said Richard Gollott who heads up the operation."
 
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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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