National Fisherman


ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Patrick Keliher, is holding meetings throughout the summer with Lobstermen to find out what how this season is going for them. He found out during a meeting with Lobstermen in the Downeast region just how bad things are.

Tuesday night, Commissioner Keliher was in Ellsworth to get input about the industry and brainstorm future needs. Low pricing seemed to take precedent over all other topics for the around 70 Lobstermen who attended the meeting. Julie Eaton, with 27 years of experience in the industry, spoke up saying she got a low of $2.40 a pound earlier in the day in Stonington.

"There's such uncertainty in this business it's terrible," said Eaton.

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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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