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Alan Hogge beat the ice surrounding his boat Thursday with a stick, trying to break it up into chunks as he sat stationary in Deep Creek. For several days, he hasn't been able to get out to harvest oysters before the end of the commercial season on Friday.
 
"We haven't worked but one day this week," said Hogge, 52, of Poquoson, who has been a waterman for most of his life. "I spent three hours cleaning snow off the boat, but you don't get paid for that."
 
Hogge and other watermen said the Virginia Marine Resources Commission should consider extending the harvest season on the James River because of the icy conditions the past two weeks. But a spokesman for VMRC said that would not happen.
 
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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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