National Fisherman


Six months ago, there was a glow of enthusiasm around the embattled Gloucester waterfront over the news that, while hardly meeting the full demands of the 1954 Saltonstall-Kennedy Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would kick in up to $11 million of its seafood tariff revenue to support innovative projects aimed at improving America’s embattled fisheries and dockside economies.
 
One, submitted by four Gloucester fishermen, seeks $200,000 for research exploring the harvesting of whiting by opening a currently-closed portion of the fishery near Stellwagen Bank grounds.
 
Another, one of two submitted by Ann Molloy and Ocean Crest Seafoods, seeks $395,000 to research and develop the process and facilities for extracting the versatile chitin from lobster and crab shells for later use in the medical and pharmaceutical industries — truly an innovative proposal aimed at transitioning the city’s waterfront into new businesses, just as Ocean Crest has already done with its Neptune’s Harvest fertilizer.
 
That, however, was September. And it was in late January that Daniel Namur, NOAA’s Maryland-based program director for the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program, said the agency’s reviewers were “wrapping up the merit review process” and the final list of successful candidates could be finalized “within the next week.”
 
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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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