National Fisherman


The start of December combined with colder water starts a change of season for many of Bradenton's charter captains.
 
Many will put down the fishing rods and reels with clients while picking up mullet nets and crab traps to make a living during slow fishing times.
 
Not many clients want to fish with guides this time of year. The fishing can be difficult with cold and unpredictable weather, making it hard to schedule days for clients in advance. For this reason, captains turn to commercial fishing to make a living, mainly selling roe, mullet or stone crab claws.
 
While most rod-and-reel anglers prefer a mild winter and calm weather, fishing for mullet is better when the weather turns. Changing weather gets them moving in large schools and out in areas to be caught.
 
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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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