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The approximately 150 Gloucester-based NOAA employees furloughed during the federal government’s partial shutdown are back at work, and administrators now are determining how best to resume operations halted by the government’s work-stoppage that ended last Wednesday.
 
NOAA spokeswoman Maggie Mooney-Seus said regional administrator John K. Bullard has appointed an internal task force and charged it with reviewing all work that was in progress at the time of the Oct. 1 shutdown, then figuring out a way to make up for the lost time.
 
“We lost some time, and now we have to prioritize what work has to be done,” Mooney-Seus said Monday. “We’re in the process of doing that, and we’ll have more information once this group is finished going through the stuff they’re working on.”
 
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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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