National Fisherman


A landlord’s attempts to get the decaying Driscoll’s Wharf back into ship shape and revitalize San Diego’s commercial fishing industry has some tenants concerned that he is trying to drive them out.

While they may disagree on many things, Tom Driscoll and the fishermen at his wharf in Point Loma agree on one point: The 128-slip marina is badly in need of renovation.

Formerly secure doors no longer close, much less lock. Plywood has been applied over holes in the pier, which hasn’t been replaced in more than 20 years. Overhead lights that haven’t operated in decades periodically shed glass and metal pieces onto the pier. Three waterside office buildings sag over piles of nets and traps on the pavement below.

Driscoll’s approach to fix the problems involves stricter enforcement of rules such as liability insurance requirements for tenants, which are not proving popular at the wharf.

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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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