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NEW BEDFORD — The fledgling Center for Sustainable Fisheries introduced itself to fishermen in Mauntauk, N.Y., on Friday as its president headed west to receive a fishing industry award in Seattle.
 
"This is really a part of a lot of port tours where we are actually speaking to fishermen and those in the fishing industry and get feedback from them," Chief Operating Officer Kate Kramer said.
 
"We can't properly represent what needs work without speaking to those who are impacted the most."
 
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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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