National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — When Jon Broderick graduated from college in Seattle in 1976, he was interested in three things: Poetry, guitar and fishing.
 
So he headed out to Kodiak, Alaska, to have a Jack London-esque adventure in the Big Country.
 
He fell in love with fishing for salmon in the north Pacific — and then one day, he heard fisher-poetry pioneer Clem Stark read aloud. And everything clicked.
 
"I'd always been journaling, writing, playing guitar — but poetry, as far I could tell, was about love and romance. But most of our lives are spent working," said Broderick.
 
"With Clem Stark, here someone brought a poetic perspective to labor, and it was a breath of fresh air," said Broderick, a fisher-poet who lives on the Oregon coast and helped found the renowned annual FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria, Ore. in 1998.
 
Broderick is one of the fisher-poets and singers who will perform for SouthCoast students at local elementary, middle and high schools on Friday, Sept. 27 before their public performances at the annual Working Waterfront Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
 
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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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