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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

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If you loves you some Copper River salmon, but don't know what restaurants and retailers carry it, I have some good news for you — there's an app for that.

The Copper River Salmon/Prince William Sound Marketing Association announced on Feb. 9 that Copper River Salmon is launching what it hails as the first-ever Salmon Locator App on Facebook. The app's trade launch will take place just prior to the International Boston Seafood Show, which takes place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center March 11-13. A consumer launch of the app will follow at the start of the 2012 Copper River fishery.

The Salmon Locator is designed to direct users to stores and restaurants that carry Copper River kings, sockeye and coho salmon during their respective seasons. Kings are available in May and June, sockeyes from May to July, and cohos from August to September.

So how does the app work? Shoppers log on to www.findcopperriver.org, which brings you to the Salmon Locator on Copper River Salmon's Facebook page. You type in your location (city, address or zip code) to find your nearest retailers and restaurants carrying Copper River salmon. Generous salmon lovers who wish to share the love can tag the name and address of a store or restaurant that carries Copper River fish.

The app will also help the region's fishermen connect with where their product is being sold. And food bloggers in 15 key markets will help find and tag Copper River salmon in their cities.

Time will tell whether the Facebook app catches on, but it's always encouraging to see other avenues for seafood marketing like social media apps being explored.

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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