National Fisherman


A short drive down Bayou Lafourche to Leeville or any of Terrebonne’s southern fingers and you’ll find plenty of evidence of the area’s fishing industry.
 
It might be the tall booms of shrimp boats, signs advertising live oysters or crab traps piled in beside a house.
 
What escapes view are the businesses devoted to processing and facilitating those industries. It’s not only about those dragging a net or dredging the oysters, there are also the peelers, pickers, dock workers and sales infrastructure.
 
The industry remains big here, though locals fear lasting impacts from the 2010Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
 
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board pegs the annual economic impact through jobs and income tax revenue at $2.4 billion.
 
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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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