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State of Oregon has amended its Territorial Sea Plan to allow for siting of marine renewable energy development projects in state waters.

The amendment identifies four "Renewable Energy Suitability Study Areas" along the Oregon coast where initial development of wave energy will be encouraged and pose the least conflict with existing ocean uses and natural resources. The four areas are located off the coasts of Lakeside, Reedsport, Nestucca, and Camp Rilea, and total about 22 square miles or two percent of Oregon's territorial sea.

Wave energy development proposals in these areas will still be required to meet standards for protecting ecological resources, commercial fishing interests, recreational uses, and coastal views, but they will have fewer obstacles to overcome because planners have determined these areas to be the most suitable with the least potential for impact. Companies can also seek approval for projects in other areas off Oregon's coast, but will have to meet more stringent standards.

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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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