National Fisherman


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- May 1 marks the opening day of the California commercial salmon fishing season, which continues through October 15.

"2013 is predicted to be a good year for California Kings," says Aaron Newman, Chairman of the California Salmon Council. He adds, "California has traditionally been the leading producing state for troll-caught (hook-and-line) wild king salmon along the Pacific Coast. We're projected to catch 3 million pounds this season, which is an increase over last year's 2.5 million pounds."

David Goldenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the California Salmon Council says, "This season reflects fishing opportunities along the entire California coast. This is good news for consumers because there should be a steady supply of wild, ocean-caught California kings."

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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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