National Fisherman


This year's halibut fishery is all over. The eight-month season ended on Nov. 7, a week earlier than usual.
 
Preliminary numbers show there was more than a million pounds left of the nearly 22-million-pound harvest.
 
Kodiak processors called the season "scratchy." Fishermen seemed to agree.
 
"As a whole it was kind of slow fishing," said Rick Turvey, skipper of the Big Blue. "There is fish out there; they are just harder to get and they don't seem like they are getting big. There are a lot of small fish."
 
Prices to Kodiak fishermen averaged about $4.50 for the season, but ended as high as $5.65.
 
Read the full story at Anchorage Daily News>>

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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