National Fisherman


Some shrimp do not live up to their name by being, well, not so "shrimpy" in size. A popular oxymoron is "jumbo shrimp" but the non-native crustaceans invading Louisiana waters put even this larger variety to shame.

The Times-Picayune reported Asian tiger shrimp (or prawn) becoming a growing concern in the Gulf of Mexico as the species can get larger than a foot long and weigh more than a pound, causing some to worry that it could outcompete native species.

"We are all worried about it," Kim Chauvin, who is a shrimp processor in Terrebonne Parish, told the Times-Picayune. "We are confused and scared and have been asking a lot of questions and not been given many answers."

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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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