National Fisherman


Predictions for a robust king salmon haul buoyed California fishermen assembled Wednesday for a preseason meeting with state and federal regulators, even if forecasts fell short of last year’s projection.
 
The National Marine Fisheries Service has forecast 634,650 king salmon out in the ocean from the Sacramento River system’s fall run, an index used each year to shape the season ahead.
 
That’s more than 200,000 lower than the projection issued last year. But it’s still good news for those who suffered through 2008 and ’09, when stocks bottomed out and there was no commercial fishing at all.
 
The forecast was not affected by drought conditions that have stranded some spawning salmon in rivers and streams brought low by lack of rainfall because those impacts will likely be felt later, said marine fisheries biologist Michael O’Farrell.
 
“The long and short of it is we’ll get a season, but it’s not as good as last year,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association.
 
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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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