National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — Local members of a newly-formed fishing advisory council hope their group can help the greater New Bedford fishing industry survive increasingly Draconian federal regulations.
 
"We are getting to a point where we can't wait longer. We have to see some kind of relief," said local seafood consultant Jim Kendall, who is on the council. "The fishermen have one scene they see and science is slower and reluctant to agree to that picture. We need to get both groups of people on the same page."
 
UMass Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST), in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, last month announced the formation of the 16-member Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute (MFI) Advisory Council.
 
Steven Lohrenz, dean of SMAST and co-chair of MFI, said the council brings outside expertise to advise MFI on issues related to fisheries' research, management and education.
 
"We are really pleased and honored to have such a high-caliber group of people involved," Lohrenz said.
 
Serving as a national resource, the MFI aims to promote sustainable fisheries by providing timely information needed to protect, conserve, and manage Massachusetts' marine and coastal resources, according to its website.
 
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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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