National Fisherman


VERMILION PARISH, LA (KPLC) - It could provide the blueprint for long-term hurricane recovery.

The community of Delcambre in Vermilion Parish, like many others, was destroyed in Hurricane Rita.

Now, it's experiencing a comeback thanks to a program spotlighting local shrimpers.

Delcambre's Thomas Hymel is optimistic about the future of the small Vermilion Parish town, attributing that future primarily to the Delcambre District Seafood Program.

"It started here in Delcambre four years ago with one fisherman and now everybody in the community is involved with it because it's a big benefit to be able to sell directly to the public," Hymel said.

Hymel serves as the program director and said the effort is part of what has rejuvenated the hurricane-ravaged community, bringing with it an infectious sense of momentum.

"It's put paint on the boats of our shrimpers and money in their pocket. They're selling their shrimp for two times, three times dock prices by selling them to the public and it's making a big, big difference," Hymel said.

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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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