National Fisherman


All seafood is local, somewhere.

A bill in the state legislature would define "local seafood" as those species caught or grown in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia and make it a misdemeanor for anyone to say otherwise.

"My overall philosophy is, don't lie to me," said state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, who introduced the bill last week. "Tell me the truth about what's on the menu."

The bill amends the current state law that covers mislabeling of foods. It prohibits wholesalers or retailers from selling "nonlocal seafood as local seafood." It also extends the prohibition on false advertising of foods to include "the information contained on the menu of any establishment selling seafood."

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Inside the Industry

Legislators from Connecticut and Massachusetts complained about the current “out-of-date allocation formula” in black sea bass, summer flounder and scup fisheries in a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce earlier this week.

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The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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