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BOSTON — Millions of dollars for waterfront upgrades are in the works for coastal communities from Gloucester to Salisbury as part of a $1.7 billion plan for infrastructure improvements throughout the state.
 
Lawmakers representing Cape Ann and the rest of the North Shore and Merrimack Valley piled on nearly a dozen projects for shoreline protection, parks, harbors and watersheds to a capital spending plan approved by the House of Representatives this week.
 
The bill, however, must still be approved by the Senate and Gov. Deval Patrick. And Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said he plans to add several projects including $10 million for a matching loan program that would help pay for redevelopment in designated ports such as Gloucester.
 
Rep. Ann Margaret Ferrante, D-Gloucester, added a similar amendment to the House bill, but the loan program there was whittled down to $7 million.
 
Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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