National Fisherman


Local shrimp processors say a dearth in supply is contributing to record prices for the local catch as the fall season comes to a close.
 
Lagging imports are contributing to the steep prices while trawlers ponder what is causing the lack of shrimp this year.
 
The fall season, when white shrimp are caught, typically closes in mid-December. Figures for the season's catch will not be tabulated by state wildlife officials until into next year, but local processors are saying the season is shaping up to be one of the worst harvests in memory.
 
“Prices are the best we have ever seen, but supply is at an all-time low,” said David Chauvin, who owns three Terrebonne seafood businesses with his wife, Kim. “Dollar for dollar, it is 80 percent above normal, price-wise.”
 
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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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