National Fisherman


PORT O'CONNOR - Commercial fishermen and women, oyster harvesters and shrimpers - people who make their living along the Gulf Coast - wanted answers Thursday night from government officials, but many walked away from a meeting disappointed, some even angry.

The residents packed the gymnasium bleachers at Port O'Connor Elementary School. They wanted to know about the oil that drifted south from a 168,000-gallon spill in the Houston Ship Channel. But officials had no professional translator to speak to about half of them in their native Spanish.

Even fishermen and women who speak English left the gym early, feeling as if their questions were unanswered.

Many began filing out the door before the meeting ended. One shouted "I'd rather be watching TV" as he walked out the door.

"All they care about is the wildlife, the birds. They don't care about the fishermen," Sandy Taylor, a commercial oysterwoman, said.

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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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