Written by Linc Bedrosian
An amended petition that challenges proposed changes to gillnet use on the lower Columbia River was filed Monday in the Oregon Court of Appeals.
The new petition responds to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's adoption of rules June 6, which replaced similar rules adopted by the commission in December.
Steve Fick, Jim Wells and Fishhawk Fisheries challenged the first set of rule changes in January.
"They have not addressed the issues in any substantial way or from a technical standpoint," said Fick about the recent update to the rules.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...