National Fisherman


MONTAUK, N.Y. (WABC) -- The Coast Guard made a dramatic rescue of a lobsterman stranded at sea for 12 hours, just waiting for help to arrive.

He was finally found 43 miles south of Montauk.

"I said there's no way in hell that he could be staying afloat all of this time," said John Aldridge, Sr., the lobsterman's father

For nearly 12 hours, John Aldridge, Jr. fought to keep his head above water, not knowing if anyone would find him in the middle of the ocean, but his father says he never gave up hope.

"Here you are thinking, how long is he out there in the water? We don't know. When did he fall overboard? We don't know," Aldridge, Sr. said.

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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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