National Fisherman


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Participants in Alaska's famous red king crab fishery are finally close to heading out into the Bering Sea, now that the federal government's partial shutdown is behind them.
 
The multimillion-dollar harvest featured on the Discovery Channel reality show, "Deadliest Catch," has been sidelined since the Tuesday opening. That's because federal managers who assign individual fishing quotas for the Bristol Bay fishery were among workers furloughed during the government's partial shutdown. Only boats representing a tiny fraction of the total harvest were allowed to head out on time because those quotas were assigned by the state.
 
Crabbers on 80 other boats involved in the much larger haul had to sit docked in Dutch Harbor, essentially hostages of national politics taking place at the other end of the country.
 
Those crabbers hope to head out no later than this weekend. Until that happens, each day spent sitting it out is that day of fishing that's been lost, said "Deadliest Catch" captain Keith Colburn.
 
"We're fishermen," he told The Associated Press on Thursday. "We're going stir-crazy because we want to fish."
 
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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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