National Fisherman


A plan to build two tunnels that would divert water from Sacramento to San Joaquin Valley farms poses a dire threat to salmon, according to a Bay Area salmon protection group.
 
The tunnels are the linchpin of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), a draft of the environmental impact assessment for which was released Tuesday by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).
 
DWR is working, along with federal agencies and local water districts, to change the way California diverts Sacramento River water past its natural outflow through the San Francisco Bay to thirsty industrial farms and Southern California cities. And the result, which some are calling a rehash of Governor Jerry Brown's 1980s-era Peripheral Canal proposal, is raising hackles among environmentalists -- including one group concerned that the project could doom California salmon. 
 
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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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