National Fisherman


An aging 75-foot boat with several hundred gallons of diesel fuel on board sunk off Willow Grove on Tuesday morning, and the Coast Guard and other agencies worked into the evening to clean up the leaking fuel.
 
The Granby, a wood-hulled work crew vessel built in 1929, sank in 24 to 30 feet of water where it was moored at a dock in Fisher Island Slough, a Columbia River side channel just upriver from Willow Grove County Park.
 
At 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, state Department of Ecology officials estimated that 50 to 100 gallons of diesel had leaked into the slough. That number could change after divers get a closer look at the submerged boat, authorities said.
 
A rainbow-colored sheen of fuel was visible on the water’s surface near the shore. A Coast Guard helicopter flew over the area in the afternoon and its crew reported sheen on the river six miles downstream, said Coast Guard officials at the scene.
 
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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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