National Fisherman


Fishermen, get ready to cast your lines.

At exactly 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, the first nets will be dropped into Alaskan waters to officially kick off the 2013 Copper River salmon season. The 12-hour fishing period will send the first load of salmon to celebrations in Seattle and points across the United States.

There are predictions for a strong sockeye harvest this year, which marks the 30th Anniversary of when the first Copper River king salmon were shipped fresh to the Seattle market.

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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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