National Fisherman


The Department of Energy is willing to roll the dice on an offshore wind farm less than three miles off the coast of Atlantic City; a project the state’s top utility officials rejected two months ago.
 
Cape May-based Fishermen’s Energy Wednesday was awarded up to $47 million by the federal agency over four years “to deploy innovative, grid-connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017. Projects in Oregon and Virginia also received funding.
 
“No other project in America is more prepared to put steel in the water and this recognition acknowledges that fact,” Dan Cohen, chairman and founder of Fisherman’s Energy, said.
 
The company, a coalition of commercial fishermen, needs state approval before in order to secure the entire federal grant. As it stands now, the money is less than half what state officials said was need in federal aid when they shot down the plan to build five turbines off the coast of Atlantic City.
 
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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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