National Fisherman


The trials and tribulations of the federal Affordable Care Act have left potential health insurance consumers swimming in conflicting information, and the Gloucester-based Fishing Partnership is trying to help folks cut through the confusion.
 
The fishing industry advocacy group, in partnership with the Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership, is organizing a health-care forum next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library that could help fishing families and other residents navigate their way through the healthcare maze.
 
“We want people to understand they should forget about the mess (in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act),” said Angela Sanfilippo, executive director of the Massachusetts Fishing Partnership. “The law is here to stay, and they need to reapply for whatever insurance they have.”
 
Read the full story at Gloucester Times>>

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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