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The York County Planning Commission says it favors establishing performance standards for agricultural operations — namely oyster farms — rejecting two of the three options that the Board of Supervisors asked it to study.
 
The county has been in a long, drawn-out legal battle with two at-home oyster farmers, who the state Supreme Court ruled must get permits to continue their operations. With a change in state law taking effect Jan. 1 that removes the county's ability to require these permits, it is scrambling to come up with a way to oversee these operations in residential districts.
 
So the supervisors asked its planners to look at three options: strike agriculture and aquaculture completely from residentially zoned districts; create a new residential district that does not allow either practice; or establish standards such as minimum lot size, setbacks and buffering for such operations.
 
The commission, during a work session Wednesday, said it doesn't favor either the first or second option.
 
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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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