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Maine mus­sel har­vest worst in decades

SCAR­BOR­OUGH, Maine (AP) — Maine mus­sels are los­ing their mus­cle.

The state’s blue mus­sels are beloved by seafood fans near and far, but the size of the an­nual har­vest has dipped in re­cent years. Har­vesters col­lected less than 1.8 mil­lion pounds of mus­sel meat in 2016. That’s the low­est since 1976, when the state’s har­vesters topped a mil­lion pounds for the first time.

In the 1980s and 1990s, har­vesters topped six mil­lion pounds three times. They have rou­tinely topped three mil­lion pounds un­til 10 years ago.

One of the fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing the de­cline is shell­fish poi­son events that ne­ces­si­tate har­vest­ing clo­sures.

UAE stops is­su­ing visas for N. Korean labour­ers

DUBAI, United Arab Emi­rates (AP) — The United Arab Emi­rates says it will stop is­su­ing new visas to North Korean labour­ers, be­com­ing the lat­est Gulf coun­try to cut back on ties to Py­ongyang amid ten­sions between North Korea and the U.S. The an­nounce­ment by the UAE For­eign Min­istry on Thurs­day night did not ad­dress the thou­sands of North Korean labour­ers al­ready work­ing in the Emi­rates.

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