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PORTLAND — The New England Fishery Management Council will spend $800,000 to research new methods to prevent the bycatch — or unintentional catching — of groundfish such as haddock, cod and flounder.
 
The research program will seek to find new ways to increase catch of haddock without impacting cod, yellowtail flounder and windowpane flounder. The council said in a statement that the work will also help develop new gear to minimize flatfish bycatch. It will also help prioritize fisheries according to current stock status.
 
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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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