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NEWPORT, R.I. — The New England Fisheries Management Council has backed away from emergency restrictions on herring fishing that had been sought by other New England fishermen.
 
Haddock boat captains had urged the regional council, a policy-setting body tied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to temporarily ban so-called mid-water herring trawling because the large fishing vessels can accidentally catch haddock that is later dumped back into the sea as by catch.
 
Herring fishermen, however, said they already work to limit the haddock they catch and say the proposed restrictions would have devastated their business.
 
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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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