National Fisherman


High escapement projections for rivers surrounding Alaska are will mean a big increase in the king salmon catch this year.
 
The total number of Chinook available for harvest is more than double what it was last year, at 439,400, fish up from 176,000 in 2013 and 266,800 in 2012, the Juneau Empire reports, citing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
 
For trolling, which catches the largest percentage commercially, that number is also striking, said Pattie Skannes, troll management biologist for the ADF&G.
 
The troll allocation is set at 325,411 chinook. Last year, it was 129,862.
 
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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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