National Fisherman


The final rule on a halibut catch-sharing plan that has been under development for years is expected to be published in time for the December meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage.

Meanwhile, the federal fisheries regional body is expected to give some direction during its October meeting, also in Anchorage, to the halibut charter committee, and in December, the NPFMC, with the aid of the halibut charter committee's recommendations, will make its own recommendations to the International Pacific Halibut Commission on management of the halibut fisheries.

The NPFMC notes in a halibut catch sharing plan summary now online at its website, http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/, that the catch sharing plan requires both commercial and charter sectors to share in the burden of conservation based on receiving percentage allocations of an overall catch limit. It does not reallocate halibut, relative to recent harvest levels, from the charter to the commercial sector.

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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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