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Capt. Joseph Fawcett says the past few days he’s spent shrimp fishing aboard the Little Lloyd with his family have been cold, but he doesn’t blame the weather for the less than stellar trip.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks.
 
He is a Gloucester guy, raised up from a Gloucester kid in a Sicilian family, so Paul Vitale came honestly to the water and to fishing as generations of Gloucester kids had done before him.
 

 

A pair of GOP senators is pushing legislation to delay looming Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring certain commercial fisherman to carry special permits to hose down their decks.
 
NEWPORT, R.I. — The group convened Wednesday morning in the lobby of the Newport Marriott and included about 20 fishermen, fishing advocates and officials from the state Department of Marine Fisheries.
 

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is negotiating a behind-closed-doors deal with Republican lawmakers to pass a bill that would ostensibly address California's drought—an effort that has uncorked a flood of criticism from environmental circles.
 

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BROWNSVILLE - The sudden decline of Texas' official sea turtle was unexpected and may indicate pollution is making the Gulf of Mexico a difficult place for species like the Kemp's ridley to survive, experts said Wednesday.
 

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A small but growing number of Boston-area eateries that used to dump oyster shells in landfills are now turning them over to a volunteer group that uses them to start new oyster beds that will clean the tidal mouths of state rivers.
 
After holding on to dwindling hope for days, Sen. Mark Begich on Monday conceded he had lost his U.S. Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan.
 

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is abandoning a proposal to legalize now-illegal spiny lobster habitat called casitas.
 

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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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