National Fisherman


May 15, 2013 — Saving Seafood — On Monday, May 13, Congressman William Keating and New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell hosted a joint meeting of the Federal Fishing Advisory Board and the Mayor's Ocean and Fishery Council in New Bedford, Massachusetts, seeking input from the fishing industry on the current state of fisheries management.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal law governing US fisheries, is soon up for reauthorization.

The issues discussed at the meeting included potential changes to Magnuson-Stevens, NOAA's interpretation of current fisheries laws, and the state of NOAA's scientific research.

The meeting included input from members of the industry and scientific community, as well as NOAA Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard.

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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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