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WASHINGTON -- A California congresswoman is pushing for more funding to explore the potential for increasingly acidic oceans to harm sea life -- and the related fisheries -- off her coast.
 

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Stepping in to avert a potential monopoly, a federal judge has granted commercial fishermen a preliminary injunction to block Pacific Seafood Group from acquiring Ocean Gold Seafoods.
 

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Delicious, healthy, sustainably harvested, traceable to individual fishermen rooted in fishing communities for generations.
 

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Regional policymakers are expected to act today on an ecological plan that would mark a significant shift in the way West Coast fisheries are managed.
 
Maine fishermen marked a pair of pocket-lining milestones last year: The lobster fishery had its most valuable year yet, and so did Maine’s commercial fisheries in their entirety.
 

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ROCKPORT, Maine — Commercial shrimp fishermen who already have gone two years without a harvest shared sharply divided opinions about the future of their fishery Saturday at the 40th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum.
 

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ROCKPORT — The Samoset Resort Saturday was packed with people, all turned out for the 40th annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum. Today was the last day of the three-day forum. The day’s activities included the trade show and seminars and it all culminates tonight with a banquet dinner and a dance to cap off the weekend. 
 

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On the surface, the proposal this past week by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to increase the 2015 quota of red snapper allowed to be taken by recreational anglers to a record level sounds like great news for Texas' offshore fishing community.
 

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As fishery management and politics continue to collide, Kenai Peninsula residents’ thoughts will inevitably turn to the upcoming season.
 

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In a letter to Paula A. Kerger, President and CEO of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) which is attached and pasted below, the Seafood Coalition pointed out the inappropriateness of a publicly funded network using glaring distortions to hype an upcoming PBS miniseries.

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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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