National Fisherman


KETCHIKAN, ALASKA — Record numbers of pink salmon caught in southeast Alaska waters in 2013 should return closer to average numbers next year, according to state biologists.
 
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts a commercial catch of about 22 million pink salmon in Southeast, the Ketchikan Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1hSqwqz ).
 
Fishermen this year caught a whopping 94 million pink salmon.
 
The lower number is far closer to what has been the norm in recent even-number years. Commercial fishermen in 2012 caught 21.3 million pinks. The lowest catch in recent years was about 11.6 million in 2006.
 
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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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