National Fisherman


Captain Paul Nelson loaded baitfish and ice into his boat for a fishing trip on Wednesday, but like many local fishermen he's already looking forward to the red snapper season that starts Friday.

"Looks like the weather's going to hold. It should be good," Nelson said. "It's going to be a busy weekend, with a lot of snapper caught."

The recreational season opens Friday and runs through Sunday. The commercial season opens Monday and runs until the catch limit is met. Nelson plans to take out a private boat on Saturday, then start Monday on the commercial season, delivering his catch to King's Seafood, a seafood dealership in Port Orange.

Both commercial and recreational fishermen hope the brief season will soon become longer, while state and federal officials hope participating anglers will help them gather the information that could be crucial to efforts to determine whether longer red snapper seasons could be re-established.

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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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