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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

The folks in Michigan aren't having any luck in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to help them combat the influx of Asian carp into the Great Lakes system.

This week the Court rejected a second request by the state to close Chicago-area shipping locks to keep the non-native nuisance to boaters and recreational fishermen and voracious predator of resident fish species out of the lakes.

So if closing Chicago-area shipping locks isn't an option, how can the state encourage Congress to provide funding to develop alternate means of keeping the feisty fish from taking up residency?

That's easy.

Invite every member of Congress out for a day of boating or fishing on Lake Michigan. All it will take to loosen up funds is some hefty Asian carp leaping out of the water and smacking into a few of our esteemed lawmakers. That should get their attention.

And it will provide a few precious YouTube moments for our enjoyment. Bonus!

Congress will make the funds available before the plane back to Washington touches down.

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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