National Fisherman


The Lenten season has Louisiana folks clamoring for home-grown seafood.
 
Some supplies are a little tight right now, and prices may put a pinch on the wallet.
 
Harlon Pearce, with the Gulf Seafood Institute says our cold winter weather may make it hard to find fresh crabs and crawfish.
 
"Old Man Winter has been pretty rough on us this whole year," says Pearce. "So that reflects on some of the production we have on some of our better products."
 
He says the supply of oysters is a bit tight too, as the industry continues to recover from the BP Oil spill. But, he says the quality is excellent.
 
"The oysters we do have are really gorgeous. I mean they're really beautiful, they're fat."
 
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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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