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Dredging crews are set to survey the Oregon Inlet again this morning after they suspended operations due to shallow waters. Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers say strong winds brought more sand into the inlet last week. That prevents crews from using their side-casting dredge. Bob Sattin is the chief operator for the Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington.

Bob Sattin: A side-casting dredge is a dredge that works almost like a lawnmower would work. As it goes over the material, it sucks it up, and then casts it out to the side of the channel. The side-caster needs 5.5 feet in depth of water in order to work. Right now, Oregon Inlet is two feet deep.

Sattin says the corps' does not have the estimated $17 million to contract an ocean pipeline dredge, which works in shallow water. Oregon Inlet serves as a link to the ocean for much of the commercial fishing industry in Croatan Sound.

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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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