Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Written by Adrianne Madden
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
I must admit I get a little nervous when I see "NMFS" and "economics" in the same sentence. As far as I can tell, NMFS rarely makes decisions based on economics. (Except, possibly, the economy of scale, as it seems the agency is no friend of the independent fisherman.)
Earlier this month, the fisheries service released "Fisheries Economics in the United States, 2006," a statistical report with economic data on a decade of fishing. That's right, 2006.
Therein lies one of the primary problems with the management of American fisheries. We get quarterly jobs reports, so why can't we access 2008 fisheries data in 2009?
Commercial fishermen face a new landscape every year. So how can we fairly assess new fisheries management based on what was happening in fisheries three years ago?
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...