National Fisherman


TUESDAY'S SPLIT DECISION upholding the Interior Department's controversial decision to not renew the lease of the Point Reyes oyster farm is not the end of the battle.

Kevin Lunny, whose family owns and runs Drakes Bay Oyster Co., and his lawyers say they will appeal the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision, reached on a 2-1 ruling.

Lunny is seeking a temporary injunction, asking the court to allow his family to continue to do business until his lawsuit is heard by the court.

In Tuesday's ruling, the majority turned him down, ruling that the Interior Department acted legally in deciding not to renew the lease and ordering the oyster farm to close down its operation.

The judges emphasized it was not the court's decision whether then-Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar's decision was right, but whether it was legal.

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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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