National Fisherman


October 10 to 16, 2011 — With no substantial fishing opportunities to speak of for a couple weeks, I had a chance to catch up on some much-needed loose ends on the Satisfaction before the fall keta, or chum, salmon season began. I fixed my bow thruster, got my alarms working properly, and rewired the fishing lights in the mast; none of these jobs would shut the operation down, but they all could lead to disastrous ends.

I was geared up and ready for the October 10 opening in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but unfortunately there were no fish. I had only six fish for my efforts, and that was about par for the course. It was pretty disappointing — Maureen sent out an email to the fish list and pre-sold a bunch of fish. It was quite degrading for this fisherman to have to email everybody who had pre-ordered and tell them there would be no fish because I couldn't preform.

The following opening in Seattle on October 16 was slow as well — less than 30 fish for my efforts. It's okay; it's just a late start. We fish again on Tuesday, October 25, and I'm confident there will be a few fish around. I heard reports of some guys catching a couple hundred fish in Hood Canal.

As the eternal optimist, I'll be there, ready to bring an overdue load of fish back to San Juan Island.

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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