National Fisherman


The Rudderpost 

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

 

One week from now, we'll be halfway through the 44th annual Pacific Marine Expo at Seattle's CenturyLink Field Event Center (formerly Qwest).

It's an especially exciting year for me because it's my first as editor in chief of the magazine, it's a West Coast Highliner year, we're hosting the announcement of the World Wildlife Fund's Smart Gear Competition winners, and to top it all off, we're rolling out our first ever Boats & Gear awards.

As a fishing magazine, we're all about our fishermen, which is why we take a lot of pride in honoring our Highliners every year. But what about all the folks who support the crews on deck?

The Boats & Gear Awards give us an opportunity to call attention to boatbuilders, designers, and all the other private companies and agencies whose year-round focus is keeping the fishing industry running smoothly, safely and with regular technological advances. All of these elements make life more livable at sea.

I hope you'll join us at the expo to honor all of our award winners. And while you're there, take part in a multitude of fish-focused activities at the show and happening all over the Seattle area.

If you register now, you'll be entered in daily drawings to win a $500 American Express gift card. And if you participate in the Fisherman of the Year Contest on Saturday, you can win up to $400 and other prizes. Awards abound at the expo. The show starts on Thursday, Nov. 17. Don't miss it!

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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