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Funding has been approved for several waterways in Carteret County as part of a measure to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which includes funding to help impacted North Carolina coastal communities to recover, was approved by the U.S. Senate on Monday, Jan. 28, and was headed to the President for his signature.

"Communities in Northeastern North Carolina still struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy will now receive the relief they need," U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said in a statement. "While I would have preferred for Congress to act much sooner by approving the bipartisan Senate-passed bill in December, this action ensures that our coastal communities will be able to repair damaged infrastructure and keep critical waterways open to ferries and commercial fishing boats."

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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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