National Fisherman


The Alaska salmon fishery has completed the second annual audit of the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. The objective of the audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. 

Click here for a copy of the Alaska Salmon Surveillance Report. The report documents the assessment result for the continued RFM Certification of the Alaska salmon fishery.

Comments and information are welcome from interested stakeholders. For instructions on how to submit information into the assessment process click here.

For RFM Certification updates on Alaska's other major commercial fisheries, click here.

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.

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...
Try a FREE issue of National Fisherman

Fill out this order form, If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $14.95 (12 issues in all). If not, simply write cancel on the bill, return it, and owe nothing.

First Name
Last Name
Address
Country
U.S. Canada Other

City
State/Province
Postal/ Zip Code
Email