National Fisherman


RAINIER — Intermittent sport-fishing closures at Buoy 10 and in the lower Columbia River are anticipated in August and September in order to allow for commercial purse and beach seining for salmon.
 
“We’ll probably have to have closures,’’ Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife told the Emerging Fishery Advisory Board here on Tuesday. “I can’t see a beach seine operating in an area where you have a whole bunch of people with rods on the beach.’’
 
Commercial salmon fishing with purse seines and beach seines — for profit not just testing — is coming to the lower Columbia River in the fall of 2014.
 
Washington and Oregon plan to allow a limited number of seines in 2014, 2015 and 2016, transitioning to the phase-out of gillnets from the main stem Columbia in 2017.
 
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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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