National Fisherman


If action isn't taken now, the future of king salmon fishing is in a dire situation.
 
Those are the words of Travis Ellison, Kuskokwim Area Management Biologist for Alaska State Fish and Game. Three out of the past four years have set records for the lowest runs seen since 1976.
 
"If we don't cut back on subsistence and we don't make our escapement goals, it will get pretty dire," he said. "The one thing for sure is if we don't meet our goals this problem can just get worse and worse."
 
Preliminary plans recommended this month by the Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group are focused on conservation. Group members voted on closing king salmon sport fishing, closing tributary subsistence fishing from June 1 to July 25, managing or delaying the commercial fishery to ensure there is no significant impact on the salmon run as a result of incidental harvest, restricting fishers to six-inch or less mesh-sized nets once chum and sockeye are abundant and providing more fishing opportunity for the upper river. The group also voted to give a short period of opportunity to allow people to have the "first taste of the season."
 
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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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