National Fisherman


National Fisherman - April 2008

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When in doubt, notify the Coast Guard

Based on U.S. Coast Guard reports.

Some boat owners delay or avoid general preventative maintenance, are reluctant to inspect and test equipment routinely, or put off minor repair jobs until they become major repair projects. Some may think they don't have time to do the work or can't afford to have it done.

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Gulf/South Atlantic Year in Review

Low quotas take gloss off IFQ among snapper fleet; swordfish a bright spot

After the first year of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper individual fishing quota program, price is up but federal managers drastically slashed the TAC (to 5 million pounds in 2008 compared with 9.12 million pounds in 2006), leaving correspondingly smaller individual quotas.

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As we travel to trade shows around the country, we often hear from readers that it is difficult to find National Fisherman on the newsstand.

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In the course of a year, wild harvest fisheries supply the world with about 200 billion pounds of fish, give or take. Not nearly enough to eat, they tell us, but too much to sustain.

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Northeast

Powering port's last pogy boat; Maritimes boat heads for B.C.

In February, the 80-foot New England pogy boat Taylors Creek was tied up at the Rose Marine dock in Gloucester, Mass. The Taylors Creek is the only pogy boat still based in Gloucester, says Rose Marine's Frank Rose, a port that used to receive 750,000 pounds of the fish a day.

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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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