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Oyster harvests in some parts of the Gulf of Mexico are at about a third of the level they were before the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Associated Press reported.
 
Harvests rebounded slightly last year, but are again much lower than before the spill in the oyster beds that got the worst of the oil during the 87-day spill.
 
Scientists are still studying whether there is a conclusive link between the spill and the oyster decline, or if it’s related to other changes in the water, weather, overfishing or other factors.
 
A BP spokesman told AP that multiple government studies have shown that any dropoffs were not due to the explosion that killed 11 people or the spill that followed.
 
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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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