National Fisherman


Commercial fishermen tell WITN that they're concerned a historic fishery could be coming to an end.
 
There's a proposed ban over the fishing of river herring, because the fish stock is depleted.
 
Wednesday night at the Crystal Coast Convention Center in Morehead City, some fishermen were fishing for an explanation on the proposed ban.
 
Kathy Rawls with the Division of Marine Fisheries said, "When we adopted our fishery management plan in 2007, the stock assessment that went along with that plan, had a stock assessment of possibly 24 years for this stock."
 
Rawls said the river herring stock is still in a depleted state.
 
In 2007, a moritorium that banned anyone from fishing went into effect. Although, a four-day discretionary harvest season once a year, held over Easter weekend, was still allowed.
 
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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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