National Fisherman


PORTLAND — Acadian redfish is being featured at Maine restaurants and retailers for the next 10 days as part of an initiative to promote underutilized seafood species in the Gulf of Maine.

Sixteen restaurants from Ogunquit to Bar Harbor, a seafood market, Bowdoin College and L.L. Bean's employee dining service are taking part in the promotion, which begins Friday and runs through May 19.

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Out of the Blue campaign was launched last year and is continuing this year with five different species that will be featured during selected weeks from now into November.

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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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