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The Commerce Department Inspector General's annual report for 2012 spotlights a "growth of complaints" made via the agency's hotline "related to NOAA," mostly involving "mismanagement or minor misconduct," and implies clearly that NOAA officials are showing insufficient interest in resolving these problems.

Not all the problems alluded to involve NOAA, but complaints about NOAA increased faster than any other agency in the Department of Commerce in the past fiscal year, the report notes.

Issued under the signature of Inspector General Todd Zinser, the report to the office of the acting secretary of commerce, Rebecca Blank, entitled "Top Management Challenges Facing the Department of Commerce," also describes what has been a year-long review of "rulemaking" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its policy arm, the New England Fishery Management Council.

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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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