National Fisherman

BILOXI, Miss. — The most frequently caught fish in the Gulf of Mexico will soon be off limits to part-time fishermen who sell their catches for extra cash, but that's good news for full-timers.

In 2012, the Commission on Marine Resources approved a rule affecting spotted seatrout that will go into effect May 1.

In order to get a special permit to catch the fish, fishermen with a Commercial Hook and Line license will have to show proof they make at least $5,000 in any 12 consecutive months and 10 percent of their yearly income from catching and selling seafood. As proof they may show sales records or an income tax statement signed or prepared by a tax professional and notarized.

Department of Marine Resources spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said the rule was needed because a lot of recreational fishermen were buying commercial licenses and selling their catches.

"Because there were so many fishermen doing this, getting the license and selling the seatrout, it made us reach the quota early in the season," she said.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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