National Fisherman


Two Lower Columbia coastal ports received good news from the federal government this week: $1.8 million in maintenance dredging to help keep their harbors open to commercial fishing boats and other large vessels.
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would include $930,000 for the Port of Chinook and $876,000 for the Port of Ilwaco in its $270 million 2014 harbor maintenance plan. The money will pay to dredge passages between Chinook and Sand Island and Baker Bay that have gradually been silting in because of cuts in small harbor dredge funding, port officials said.
 
Securing dredge dollars are critical to keeping small ports humming, and Tuesday’s announcement is an important economic victory, supporters said.
 
“These ports are just as important to their communities as the big ports are. In some cases, they are the main economic driver in their community,” said Kristen Meira, executive director of the Portland-based Pacific Northwest Waterways 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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