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jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

JHathaway2 If you haven't seen the video posted on the NF home page, try to take 10 to 15 minutes to watch it.

Sadly, it gives clear insight into the problems fishermen, specifically New England fishermen, are having with NMFS.

The most telling quote, in my opinion, is from Pat Kurkul (NMFS Northeast regional administrator). In response to the problems fishermen and sector managers are having with the lack of preparedness and organization from NMFS on the May 1 implementation of sector (or catch share) management of the groundfish fleet, Kurkul says, "Change hurts."

All fishermen are asking for from NMFS is a little help, a touch of sympathy, a scosche of advocacy. Honesty and transparency would be even better, but that's probably too much to expect from any government agency.

As many of you read in NF's Editor in Chief Jerry Fraser's Fish eNews newsletter this week, this is the first year that not one single fishery was added to NOAA's "undergoing overfishing" list.

Our management system is working for the fish stocks. Now let's get it working a little better for the fishermen.

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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