National Fisherman


A man drowned after he was pulled off a boat and into a Northern California bay by a crab pot on Sunday, authorities said.

The Marin County Fire Department got a call around 10 a.m. on Sunday that a man had fallen over the side of a boat into Tomales Bay, said John Dell'Osso, chief of interpretation and resource education at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Dell'Osso said the man was fishing with two other people when his leg became entangled in the rope attached to a commercial crab trap, or pot.

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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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