Written by Linc Bedrosian
NMFS is currently seeking proposals for its 2014 Mid-Atlantic Research Set-Aside program. Applications must be submitted to the agency by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 6.
The program sets aside up to 3 percent of the total allowable catch for research purposes. Participating vessels may be authorized to harvest species in excess of any imposed trip limit or during fishery closures. Landings from the trips are sold to generate funds that help defray costs for approved research projects and compensate vessel owners.
Research priorities this year include summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, longfin squid, Illex squid, Atlantic mackerel, butterfish, river herring, bluefish and spiny dogfish. Click here to read the full text of the announcement.
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.Read more...
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.Read more...