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Mixed Catch 

jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

Media reports this week have questioned whether the amount of damage the oil that's gushed out of the Deepwater Horizon will cause has been over-hyped.
Over-hyped? Seriously?

Who can make that kind of proclamation? Nobody, that's who.

Nobody knows precisely how much damage the estimated 92 million gallons released into the Gulf of Mexico will do to the ecosystem. Nor do they know how long whatever damage is inflicted will last.

Nobody knows. Not BP, not the Coast Guard, not NOAA, not the scientists, not the environmentalists, not the fishermen, nobody.

The media doesn't know either. But it's a slave to the demands to feed the ever-ravenous beast that is the 24-hour news cycle. Those demands are why stories such as the spill being over-hyped are generated.

So be it. Just take such reports with the proverbial grain of salt. Where the Deepwater Horizon disaster is concerned, everyone is in uncharted territory. And as much as we all want answers and all damage rectified pronto, such resolution will only occur over time.

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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