National Fisherman


AUGUSTA — A bill in the Maine Legislature is proposing that fishermen who are called to active duty not be required to pay any fees on their fishing licenses while they are serving.

Lobster fishermen and veterans are expected to speak in support of the proposed law when the Marine Resources Committee holds a public hearing Wednesday.

Under current law, fishermen who are members of the military and are called to active duty must pay fees to keep their licenses active while they are serving or risk forfeiting their licenses, even though they're not fishing.

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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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