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Data that federal regulators say suggests that populations of Gulf of Maine cod continue to diminish despite severe cuts in fishing quotas will undergo an independent review next week to aid in developing future management practices.
 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced that new, preliminary data show “virtually every indicator” of the cod stock’s condition declined or worsened in 2013.
 
Through underway surveys, the agency found that the population of spawning Gulf of Maine cod has plummeted to between 3 and 4 percent of what it would take to sustain a healthy stock. Juvenile cod populations are also at an all-time low.
 
Russell Brown, deputy director of NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, has said the spawning cod levels were between 13 and 18 percent just two years ago.
 
Brown stressed that the data detailed in a 95-page report still needs to go through an external peer review, which has been scheduled for Aug. 28 and 29 at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H.
 
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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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