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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam said Monday revitalization of the Apalachicola Bay and its oyster industry requires an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”
 
In addition to revising the state’s water policy to include consistent use regulation among the five water management districts, Putnam said the effort should identify new techniques for farming shellfish, find more effective ways for DACS to continue shell-deposit and reseeding programs as well as strongly pursue the legal battle with Georgia over fresh water flows.
 
“This is a real challenge,” Putnam told reporters during a press availability. “The challenge for Apalachicola Bay is that there are no good short-term answers.”
 
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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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