National Fisherman


National Fisherman's 2009 Highliners

Nothing about fishing is getting easier, other than getting out of it, yet we continue to find people who thrive on it and wouldn't do anything else.

People like Joel Kawahara of Quilcene, Wash., who is confronting the challenges of the West Coast salmon fishery head on. Or like Linda Behnken of Sitka, Alaska, who understands the intimate connection between communities and ecosystems. Or like Kevin Ganley of Bainbridge, Wash. In a business where you're lucky to keep a crew for a season, guys stay with Ganley for a generation.

What do they share? Total commitment to the notion that individuals make a difference. Willingness to walk the fine line between naïveté and despair. And determination to do whatever it takes, afloat, ashore, or in the meeting room.

We proudly present National Fisherman's 2009 Highliners. — Jerry Fraser

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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