National Fisherman


Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Rockport harbormaster’s office pulled two fishermen from the waters of the Atlantic late Friday night after their 65-foot fishing vessel took on water and sank roughly 3 miles off Rockport’s Thacher Island.
 
U.S. Coast Guard officials Sunday declined to identify the fishermen, who had been working aboard the 48-year-old dragger Terra Nova when the boat suddenly began taking on water sometime around 8:30 p.m. Friday.
 
As the boat was going down, the fishing crew members abandoned ship, according to Coast Guard reports. But a helicopter based out of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was able to locate the fishermen in the water, lift one into the copter and transport him to Massachusetts General Hospital, while the second fisherman was pulled into the Rockport harbormaster’s boat, then taken to Coast Guard Station Gloucester and transported from there to Addison Gilbert Hospital.
 
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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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