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The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Reef Fish Committee approved several preferred alternatives to the red snapper fishery management plan at its meeting Tuesday in Key West.
 
The committee reaffirmed its support of reallocating a greater share of the combined quota to the recreational sector above a set benchmark as part of the process toward final passage of the management plan changes to Amendment 28 - Red Snapper Allocation.
 
Their preferred alternative would set 9.12 million pounds as a benchmark at which the historic allocation split that gives 51 percent of the combined red snapper quota to the commercial sector remains the same.
 
If the quota exceeds that benchmark, committee members recommended that the recreational sector receives 75 percent of the increase.
 
Based on the 2015 combined quota of 11 million pounds, the new recreational share would be 5.879 million pounds or 53.4 percent of the combined quota.
 
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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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