National Fisherman


The Michael & Kristen, a 78-foot offshore lobster boat, arrived back in its home port of Gloucester Monday morning — 11 days after launching a trip to Georges Bank that spanned the new year turnover and exposed the boat and its five-man crew to some very choppy weather.
 
Winds were 50 to 60 mph, the snowfall was heavy, and there were some monster waves, according to the boat’s captain, Ronald Davis.
 
“We just rode out the storm,” Davis said, unconcerned. “Seas were 20 to 25 feet.”
 
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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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