National Fisherman


Dulac, La. - In the murky waters near Dulac, something lurks beneath the surface.

Bayou Fabio takes us on the hunt.

Rickey Verrett's day begins much earlier on the banks of Bayou Dularge.

He doesn't carry much on his small boat. Verrett needs all the room he can get for what he hopes to bring back.

"If I throw out 40 jugs, I usually get 100 pounds dressed," says Verrett. "I get like 20 something fish with 40 lines. Get at least half."

Not just any fish.

Verrett is one of the few commercial fishermen in the world hunting alligator gar.

"It's just what my daddy does so I figured I'd do it too," he says. "On my own about 15 years gar fishing. I used to work on a shrimp boat and stuff."

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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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