National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — When fisheries regulation gets a makeover in the next year or two, the New England fishery intends to get into the debate early to impress on regulators how badly served the region has been under existing rules.

That was the theme struck by Mayor Jon Mitchell Monday as he co-chaired a joint meeting of the Mayor's Ocean and Fisheries Council with Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., representing the Federal Fishing Advisory Board.

Attending were many familiar faces from the industry, most from SouthCoast but some from Gloucester. They had very few good words to say about NOAA Fisheries, but did not jeer NOAA Fisheries Regional Administrator John Bullard when he took the microphone to talk about the limitations of NOAA Fisheries science as changing environmental factors throw the fish surveys into disarray.

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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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