National Fisherman


The company recently announced its plan to close its Cameron fish processing plant and move operations to its Abbeville facility.
 
Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry says with this move, the company will add 60 new workers to the Abbeville plant. The company will also move three of its fishing vessels to the facility, which has been around for 50 years.
 
"It's a multi-generational group we have here. People's fathers and grandfathers have worked here. We really enjoy being a part of this community," Landry said.
 
The recent announcement is a big catch for Vermilion Parish community.
 
"Our total budget here is about $43 million. Seventeen to eighteen million dollars of that is going directly to payroll, which we believe will be spent here in the local economy," Landry 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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