National Fisherman


Maine’s four-month scallop season that ended in March apparently will be the state’s strongest in years, despite a harsh winter and new regulations unpopular with some fishermen, preliminary data show.
 
Data for the 2013-14 season, which runs from December to March, are not yet compiled, but a strong December catch suggests season totals will top the 2012-13 haul of 427,080 pounds at a nearly $4.9 million value, said Trisha De Graaf, a spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources. The numbers were the highest since the state began compiling seasonal totals in 2008, she said.
 
The catch for December, typically the strongest month of the year, was 138,450 pounds, up more than 14,000 pounds from December 2012, De Graaf said.
 
“We’re seeing really positive signs in the fishery,” she 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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