National Fisherman


Alaska seafood is free of radiation stemming from Japan's 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster.

That was the take home message from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to the state Senate Resources Committee at a recent hearing.

Citing information from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Pacific states including Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington, as well as Health Canada, "all have demonstrated there are no levels of radiation that are of a public health concern," said Marty Brewer, director of DEC's Environmental Health Division.

She added that only small amounts of radiation have been detected from the reactor source.

"There has been detection of cesium that is reportedly from Fukushima but at miniscule levels," Brewer said.

DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig said programs in the Lower 48 are testing fish that swim between the Gulf of Alaska, the West Coast and Japan, and they have come up with a clean bill of health. The DEC also is monitoring marine debris washing ashore in Southeast Alaska and Prince William Sound, Hartig said.

None of the debris that has washed ashore anywhere in the U.S. so far has shown signs of radiation.

Read the full story at the Alaska Journal of Commerce>>

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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