National Fisherman


A study rocking the commercial fishing world suggests that at least 20 percent and as much as 32 percent of wild-caught imported fish are "illegally" caught, killed and sold into the U.S. market.
 
The report, published in the current issue of Marine Policy, says United States appetites are unwittingly funding illegal fishing practices by failing to recognize where and how fish are caught. The authors recommend that U.S. importers improve their ability to track the chain of custody of fish used as seafood.
 
The startling findings -- as many as one in three fish on your dinner plate may be illegal -- have sparked defensiveness.
 
"We do not agree with the statistics that are being highlighted in the report," said an official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, blaming insufficient data for skewing the numbers.
 
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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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