National Fisherman


Sitting in Shem Creek are eight shrimp boats where there was once anywhere from 40 to 70 boats, depending on the season.
 
This morning that was almost down to a mere seven when one of the last shrimping boats, Mrs. Judy Too, started going under.
 
Captain Tommy Edwards says if he wasn't able to get to his boat when it began sinking and if North Charleston's Fire Department had not arrived with a pump, his livelihood would be dead.
 
As News 2 pulled up to the scene at 10 a.m., divers were just beginning to plug the hole that was the source of the major leak.
 
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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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