National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

There would be no better way for NOAA to apologize to Northeast fishermen for years of targeted, excessive punitive fees than by punishing the man in charge of overseeing those retaliatory measures.

I simply cannot fathom how the leadership of this agency can justify not even suspending or demoting Andrew Cohen, but instead sliding him into another 6-figure job that is conveniently located at his "duty station in Gloucester," Mass., according to the Gloucester Times.

Removing him from his duties overseeing enforcement in the Northeast was the least they could do. But allowing him to continue his career unfettered is a slap in the face of not just New England fishermen but the American system as a whole.

It is a proclamation that the government protects its staff (no matter how heinous their behavior or, at very least, negligent their oversight) before it protects its constituents.

If it were a business, NOAA would be folding.

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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