Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Monday, 17 November 2008
Our Maine office is buzzing with travel plans and last-minute details on our trip to Seattle for Pacific Marine Expo this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 20-22.
My anticipation starts to grow when I get thinking about my favorite aspects of the show, including meeting readers and industry leaders, watching the Fisherman of the Year Contest, and talking to authors whose books I've read over the last year.
This year, the variety of prizes and drawings should add some excitement to the show floor, like a weekend in Vegas and 50 drawings for $100 Chevron gas cards.
As usual, the conferences provide a forum for fishermen to hash out some of the hot topics on the West Coast and nationwide: offshore drilling in Bristol Bay, halibut charter issues, salmon, community supported fisheries, labeling, and Coast Guard comment sessions.
Outside of the expo, don't miss the free showing of the documentary "Red Gold" at the Seattle Art Museum Auditorium on Wednesday the 19th, from 6 to 8 pm.
If nothing else, please stop by booth 753 to say hi!
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.Read more...
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.Read more...