National Fisherman


In it together

The year was off to a booming start with the United We Fish rally in February. Unite we did, and it was a good thing, because 2010 was a year of seismic activity for fishermen.

The industry faced a federal enforcement scandal, shift to catch shares, struggles over quota and fishing grounds, water resource battles, and wildlife protections.

But none of it could compare to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Our Southern brothers have shown us how to face adversity by pulling up their hip-boot straps, pitching in and not giving up.

— Jessica Hathaway

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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