National Fisherman


A federal judge says he expects the second phase of a trial over BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to last 16 days.

An order issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said the second phase will be tried in two parts.

The first part, which starts Sept. 30 and lasting four days, will explore BP's efforts to stop the flow of oil that gushed from its blown-out Macondo well. Testimony during that part will be limited to information about the oil below the surface. It will not include testimony about the removal of oil from the surface through in-situ burning, skimming, or with booms.

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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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