National Fisherman


A coalition of conservation groups seeking aquaculture reform is praising a decision by the British Columbia provincial government to delay issuing new or expanded tenures for net-cage salmon farms in the Discovery Islands until at least 30 September 2020.

The delay comes from the recommendation of the Cohen inquiry, which looked into the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon. The group, Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR), said in a statement that the group hopes the federal Canadian government will follow British Columbia's example.

"This is a step in the right direction and we're pleased that the province is taking the Cohen report seriously," said Ruby Berry of the Georgia Strait Alliance, one of CAAR's member organizations. "It is a recognition that the open net-cage salmon operations pose a risk to the wild salmon passing by and that at the very least the burden should not be increased."

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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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