National Fisherman


ILWACO, Wash. - The Coast Guard rescued a man early Sunday after his fishing vessel sank about 25 miles west of Ilwaco, Wash.

The Coast Guard station at Astoria, Ore., received a distress call from the only man aboard the 36-foot fishing vessel Charlie & Carol at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, saying the vessel was taking on water.

He estimated more than 400 gallons of water aboard the ship and reported that his pump was unable to keep up with the water pouring in.

Coast Guard officials dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer into the water. Risking his life, the swimmer climbed aboard the listing vessel and helped the man abandon the fishing vessel and climb into a life raft.

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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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