National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — Republicans joined Democrats Thursday in pressuring congressional leadership to preserve $150 million in fisheries disaster relief in New England and elsewhere.
 
Thirty-seven senators and representatives joined Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., in a letter on behalf of an appropriations bill making its way through Congress that asks that the fisheries disaster relief be included in any compromise bill between the two chambers.
 
The secretary of commerce declared an economic emergency in commercial fishing 14 months ago, but so far there is nothing to show for it. The emergency is the result of sharp quota cutbacks ordered by NOAA Fisheries to try to restore fish populations.
 
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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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