National Fisherman


U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and U.S. Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and Jared Huffman, D-Calif., have led a coalition of senators and representatives to introduce new legislation that would help support the West Coast's fishing industry, according to a statement released Thursday.

Many fishing businesses in the West Coast groundfish fishery have struggled to pay high interest rates on federal loans and fees on their catch, according to Herrera Beutler.

The legislation ensures these fishermen receive the same interest rates on federal loans as other businesses and extends the length of these loans from 30 to 45 years. In addition, the legislation reduces fees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collects from fishermen to pay down their loans, Herrera Beutler said in the release.

In 2011, the West Coast groundfish fishery supported 3,000 jobs and a catch valued at $64 million, according to the Camas Republican.

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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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