National Fisherman


DURHAM (AP) — Commercial fishermen are being allowed to catch smaller cod, haddock and other groundfish in New Hampshire coastal waters.

The new rules went into effect Monday and will be in place for 180 days. They are designed to complement similar federal rules that also went into effect Monday in federal waters.

The changes follow a decision by federal fisheries officials in May that slashed the commercial quotas on several groundfish species in New England.

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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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