National Fisherman


The Northeast Seafood Coalition, the region's largest industry group, has announced plans to host a public rally at the Boston Fish Pier next Monday at 11 a.m. to build support for the government to provide disaster assistance to the groundfishing industry and communities from which home-port the fleet.

"This is the time for industry, friends of the industry, and seafood consumers to come together and ask for help," said Jackie Odell, executive director of the Gloucester-based coalition. "We're excited to unite in Boston, the hub of the Northeast groundfish fishery, to discuss important issues affecting the industry today and how we can preserve the fleet for tomorrow."

The coalition's rally will come just two days before the start of the 2013 fishing year for the groundfishing industry, which has been in accelerating decline since the Obama administration's policy push to convert the fishing industry to a catch share management system that encourages fishermen to sell or trade shares of quota — and has steered more and more quota to bigger boats and corporations while smaller, independent vessels, like many of the day boats out of Gloucester, have been driven to the sidelines.

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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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