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BIDDEFORD, Maine — The University of New England announced Friday that the Marine Science Center's Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation program is closing.
 
The university established the Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation program in 2001 to help rehabilitate and release marine mammals, specifically gray and harbor seals. UNE said that the seal numbers have rebounded, so MARC no longer needs to rehabilitate marine animals.
 
Ed Bilsky, the vice president of research and scholarship at the University of New England, also noted the need for seal rehabilitation has been reduced since 2001, when they were endangered. Bilsky estimated 1,000 seals have been rehabbed in the past 13 years there.
 
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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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