National Fisherman


Representing recreational fishermen, the Coastal Conservation Association North Carolina reacted Monday to last week’s Notice of Intent (NOI) filed by the N.C. Fisheries Association and the Carteret County Fisheries Association to sue several federal and state agencies for violations of the Endangered Species Act.
 
Maintaining the ESA should be applied equally, the violations allege that while the agencies require commercial fishermen — those who provide restaurants and markets with seafood — to report any interaction with sea turtles, recreational fishermen have been exempt. And between Jan. 1 and Sept. 6, 2013, the N.C. Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network reported 28 strandings of endangered or threatened sea turtles directly attributable to hook and line fishing, or 45% of all strandings reported in that period.
 
And in recent years, the National Marine Fisheries Services estimates that boat strikes by recreational boaters, who are also not required to report hitting sea turtles, are the second highest non-fisheries related cause of mortality in loggerheads, a threatened species along the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The NMFS said the hulls or propellers of recreational fishing boats injured or killed 15% to 20% of loggerhead.
 
Read the full story at the Carteret County News-Times>>

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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