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Environmental activists and a local legislator are urging Rutgers University to halt a seismic testing study planned for this summer, saying it would be detrimental to marine life and the local fishing industry.
 
Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action (COA), said during a May 23 press conference in Point Pleasant Beach that the study will include producing a 230- decibel sound blast on the ocean floor off the coast of Barnegat that will impact animal life throughout the shoreline.
 
“The study will be to blast sound waves deep into the sediment to look for sea level rise and climate change evidence,” Zipf said. “They want to augment some physical core samples that they took in 2009, and this data will provide a 3-D image of the deep sea floor.”
 
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) spoke at the event, launching a campaign to halt the seismic testing, which is expected to impact a 240-square-mile area over the course of 30 days, concluding Aug. 17.
 
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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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