National Fisherman


The invasive green crab — and how to stop its devastation of the state’s shellfish industry — is drawing new calls to arms among the industry’s stakeholders and others.
 
And while a Monday night forum organized by state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, state Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich, Rowley Shellfish Constable John “Jack” Grundstrom and the state Division of Marine Fisheries at the DMF’s Gloucester office on Emerson Avenue didn’t bring firm solutions, stakeholders seemed to achieve one consensus.
 
“The one thing we all agree on is that they are a threat that have to be confronted,” Tarr said Wednesday.
 
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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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