National Fisherman


Two York County oyster farmers' years-long battle to continue to commercially farm and harvest oysters at their homes without a special-use permit persists, as the county looks to the Virginia Supreme Court to appeal the October decision from the York-Poquoson Circuit Court.

On Wednesday, the state's supreme court accepted a pair of petitions filed on behalf of York County that look to overturn the lower court's ruling that Greg Garrett and Anthony Bavuso may farm oysters on their properties without special permission from the county. York County Attorney James Barnett Jr. filed the petitions for appeal in January.

Because the petitions for appeal have been accepted — without a preliminary hearing where Barnett would have to make a case as to why the supreme court should listen to the full case — Barnett now has a chance to convince the court to overturn the Circuit Court decision. Barnett said a hearing likely won't come until after Labor Day.

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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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