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jerryJerry Fraser is NF's publisher and former editor.

 

 

Top 5 Mixed Catch Stories

 

Halloween arrives next week, but what's really scary in this presidential election year is the prospect of eligible voters not casting their ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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St. Joseph and the Sea
Fishermen, Faith and Redemption by the Ocean
By Daniel Chiasson
CreateSpace, 2012
Softcover, 206 pp., $8.99

It's one thing for a person to figure out what they'd like to do for a living. It's another to figure out who they are, and what kind of a person they want to be.

And if they are so fortunate as to develop concrete answers to those Big Questions, there's still the matter of taking action to fulfill those desires. That's no small task.

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Compiling items from our archives for our "Fishing Back When" column allows us to pour over stories and photos stretching back over 50 years. It's fascinating to see how commercial fishing has changed in some ways, but not in others.

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As flying fish go, this one's a biggie. Like nearly 129 feet long and weighing 91,000 pounds.

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Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) recently introduced a bill to create a national seafood marketing and development effort. Anyone in Congress wondering whether they should support the bill need look no further than the Fisheries of the United States 2011 report NOAA released this week.

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With the Commerce Department's disaster declaration for the Northeast groundfish fishery, it's now up to Congress to appropriate the $100 million being sought to help the region's fishermen and fishing communities weather substantial harvest cuts for key species like cod and yellowtail flounder in 2013.

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So the latest solution being floated to solve the woes of the New England groundfish fishery appears to be an approximately $100 million vessel/permit buyout program. Haven’t we seen this movie before?

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Wednesday found Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) somewhere you probably wouldn't expect to find him — working on the deck of a shrimp boat.

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The old saw is that there’s strength in numbers. Unfortunately the strong numbers of lobsters filling Maine harvesters’ traps have led to weak prices.

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Looks like there will be a little flavor of Gulf of Mexico seafood at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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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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