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NEW BEDFORD — Hoping to continue New Bedford Harbor's legacy as a port of diverse industries, the U.S. Economic Development Administration announced Wednesday a $200,000 grant to help plan the waterfront's future.
 
The grant, which will be matched by the city, is meant to ensure that New Bedford's historic industries such as fishing can coexist with the offshore wind industry that officials hope will be the city's future.
 
"We are the No. 1 fishing port, and we intend to maintain that, but there is much more ahead of us in the future if we plan it right," Mayor Jon Mitchell said. "We don't want to put all our eggs in one basket; our strategy is all of the above."
 
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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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