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ORIENTAL — A Carteret County fisherman's trawler sank in Oriental Harbor Tuesday, resulting in an oil spill.

The Lady Barbara, a 71-foot shrimp trawler owned by Ralph Taylor of Marshallberg, sank in the harbor near Hodges Street, beside the docks of Garland Fulcher Seafood, after being docked since last summer with engine problems. Sherrill Styron, owner of the seafood company, said an oil spill boom was put around the boat to contain the spill as much as possible and absorbent pads were put out to collect the oil, while Mr. Taylor and the U.S. Coast Guard were called in.

"There really wasn't that much spilled," Mr. Styron said Thursday. "I think the situation's under control. There's just a sheen on water now."

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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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