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At Sea Diary

Matt MarinkovichMatt Marinkovich’s weekly At Sea Diary entry is a popular feature of the National Fisherman Web site, and now you can post your own reflections on Matt’s experiences fishing in the Pacific Northwest and North Pacific.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 — I started to write this we were running in from the fishing grounds, looking to deliver our catch, on the evening of Monday, March 26.

We were on the run back in at 8 p.m., about 30 hours after we left Sitka to go fishing. This was a really quick, easy, and fun trip. We had a few pounds of cleanup fish to catch, to top off our quota — too much to leave but not enough to work too hard to catch — we baited up the gear we needed before we left on Sunday, March 25, then sailed a few hours northwest of Salisbury Sound (six hours from town), slapped out the gear, started hauling the next morning, and now we're done. We were scheduled to deliver Tuesday at 6 a.m.

So we made the delivery, did a few errands, and then got out of town in a hurry to beat the weather. We are leaving RIGHT NOW at 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday. This is definitely the most fast-tracked longline trip we had ever done. This schedule is mostly driven by our desire to take advantage of the nice weather.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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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