National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3, NOAA chief Jane Lubchenco will convene a national law-enforcement summit in Washington.

The one-day event will include representatives from environmental organizations, fishing groups industry lawyers and other interest groups, according to the Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times. Attendees will discuss, according to Lubchenco, "improving compliance" and "developing forward-looking strategies to advance ... enforcement."

Presumably, this will include lessons learned from the ongoing inspection of the Office of Law Enforcement's misuse of funds, the fallout of which has inspired the gathering.

I suppose it would be difficult to come out of this summit without some positive momentum toward addressing the atrocious behavior of the OLE's agents. But without a single fisherman from Gloucester, the epicenter of this entire investigation, the summit itself has a ring of insincerity.

Ms. Lubchenco, I implore you: If you want to help the industry, talk to the fishermen. And after you hear what they say, take some action (even the tiniest gesture) to show you were listening.

Inviting all the power players you know to get together to solve the problem that slipped under their noses in the first place hardly seems like a big step forward.

I appreciate that this problem did not start under this administration, but it did go on for a year under their watch while fishermen's complaints were repeatedly drowned out.

The summit will be available as a podcast at http://www.iencode.net/Webcast/ListenPage/165/623.

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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