National Fisherman


A fundamental rule of any ecosystem: everything is connected. So, west coast fishermen are sounding the alarm about a recent crash in the sardine population, which is expected to affect animals large and small, and create a huge impact on the businesses that rely on the Pacific Ocean’s bounty.
 
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times,  the sardine collapse is the worst since the mid-20th century, with the population falling an estimated 72 percent since 2006, and leading regulators to impose tight limits on how many sardines fishermen may catch -- if they can catch any at all. Since it’s unclear what, precisely, is causing this current sardine collapse, both scientists and business interests are at a loss for how to react, the Times said. Whatever actions are taken, however, the report said there’s already evidence the lack of sardines is adversely affecting sea lion and pelican populations along the California coast.
 
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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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