National Fisherman


Commercial fishermen interested in potential financial assistance from a trio of federal grant programs should keep two upcoming dates in mind.
 
On Sept. 29, the application period will close for fiscal 2013 Saltonstall-Kennedy grants, a national competitive program launched earlier this summer by the Department of Commerce to provide grants for fisheries research and other development project related to U.S. fisheries.
 
The individual grants can run anywhere from $30,000 to $400,000. Funding for the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program has not been set, though Daniel Namur, NOAA’s program manager for the S-K grants reiterated estimates Friday that peg the overall figure at between $5 million and $10 million.
 
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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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