National Fisherman


News is often hit and run. Maybe it's because I'm nosy, but often I'm left wondering what the real story is and what happened to the people after the news cycle ends. That's what I like about writing for a magazine. I can explore issues in-depth. But sometimes there's even more to it — actually, there's always more to the story when you're writing about the U.S. fishing industry. That's where this blog, Coastlines, comes in.

It gives me a chance to tell the story behind the story. When I wrote about catch shares as part of a two-part series in the magazine earlier this year, I was overwhelmed with information from both sides pushing their points of view. I decided to talk to fishermen — and just fishermen — about what they think and how their lives have been affected. That's the real story, isn't it? You can read about my approach to writing that series here. And as I hoped, the story also triggered responses from our readers who shared even more sides of this continuing story.

This blog also allows me to share what's happening behind the scenes. In our January issue, which is going to press this week, I write about a trip to Kodiak that turned into a total disaster. It was also a great experience. I'll be sharing some details that didn't make it into print when that issue is closer to coming out.

Mostly, the blog, along with the rest of our newly updated National Fisherman website, helps us expand our coverage of issues that are important to our readers. A story that is also close to my heart is the ongoing struggle of New England's groundfish industry. They are going through possibly historic (and certainly tough) times. Much is being written about this. Again, we'll be focusing on the fishermen and their communities in our coverage in the magazine and online. There's a lot to talk about.

As always, thank you for reading.

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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