Written by Jen Finn
The ailing Apalachicola Bay may get some help if Gov. Rick Scott gets his way — but lawmakers say the funding will mainly go toward a study.
Scott's recently unveiled budget would give $3 million to "water quality improvement projects" in the bay, which is located in Franklin County. The Northwest Florida Water Management District would receive the money and undertake the projects.
State Sen. Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee, who represents the county, said he's pleased the governor recommended the funding.
"He understands the severe problem that we have with the Apalachicola River basin and the Apalachicola Bay," he said.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...