National Fisherman

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.


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.


Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.


The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is calling for nominations from Bristol Bay driftnet (S03T) permit holders to fill three expiring seats on its board of directors. A hard-copy of this notice has just been mailed to all members.

The BBRSDA’s member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the association and oversees its management. Through their service, BBRSDA board members help determine the future of one of the world’s most dynamic commercial fisheries.


If you’ve been thinking about weighing in on a plan to shift red snapper quota from commercial to recreational fishermen, now’s your chance.

Amendment 28 proposes to reallocate the Gulf of Mexico 2016 and 2017 red snapper stock annual catch limit between the commercial and recreational sectors from 51/49 percent to 48.5/51.5 percent, respectively.


U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell today announced that her bipartisan bill—which will change the market name of “Alaska pollock” to “pollock”—will be included in the Congressional spending bill, also known as the ‘omnibus.’

The bill will legally change the acceptable market name essentially outlawing Pollock harvested in Russia from being passed off as “Alaskan Pollock” in the supermarket. Representative Jamie Herrera Butler sponsored the bill in the House.


Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed Gulf Seafood Institute’s President Harlon Pearce, along with three other new advisors, to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.

As owner and operator of Harlon’s LA Fish in New Orleans, a seafood processing and distribution company, Pearce has more than 46 years of experience in the seafood industry. He has been an advocate for developing strong and viable seafood industries, a “go to” source for the media and seafood events, and a guest speaker and lecturer.


The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center recently received a $12,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Cultural Heritage Grant which will go toward a project to digitize the cultural heritage of New Bedford’s fishing community.

Commercial fishing is often a family activity with skills and knowledge passed from one generation to the next. Consequently, much of this history resides in the photo albums, documents, and artifacts of fishing families.


Xtratuf, a boot brand based in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, has been awarded the the 2015 Fisheries Supply “InNEWvation” Award in the clothing category for its new Elite Insulated Performance Boot.

The Fisheries Supply InNEWvation Awards are judged by a panel of industry experts who evaluate submissions on overall value, durability, aesthetics and ease of installation. Eleven category winners and one overall product winner were chosen from approximately 100 submissions.


Keith Rhodes, chef at the Wilmington, N.C., restaurant Catch, has announced that he will resign from his at-large seat on the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission after a vote on flounder fishing restrictions drew angry debate.

His resignation letter was dated Nov. 20, the last day of the commission’s November meeting. In that meeting, members of the commission voted for limits of flounder fishing that the commercial fishing industry opposed. He was one of six members for voted for the passing regulations.


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Inside the Industry

The Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel working group is scheduled to meet Aug. 2 in Boston to discuss using commercial fishing vessels to supplement current stock assessment surveys conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.


Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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