National Fisherman


HERNANDO BEACH -- The crab traps are being moved and stacked as another stone crab season comes to an end on May 15.
 
Captain Mike Birren, a stone crabber out of Hernando Beach, says this season was horrible.
 
"Right now I'm pulling 600 to 650 traps, bringing them home and I'm catching between 40 and 50 pounds," he said. "Right now my boat is going about $500 a day in the hole."
 
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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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