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Ipswich — Maine is currently conducting an experiment to control green crabs and try to protect clam beds from the green crab predator — an experiment that ultimately could help the clamming industry in Ipswich, which the green crab also threatens.
 
The traps — made by Frazier Trap Co., Waldoboro, Maine — are being used in the Harraseeket River and on mudflats along the river.
 
The trapping began last week of May and will continue through November, testing which control method works best.
 
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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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