National Fisherman


There are many things to which the old adage “Be careful what you wish for...” applies and American television coverage is usually one of them.
 
But after the venerated television newsmagazine show 60 Minutes turned its cameras on the salmon farming industry on the coast of British Columbia and on the Campbell River area particularly, the conclusion has to be...okay. The report which aired on the CBS network Sunday was generally a balanced overview of the industry and it’s impact on wild salmon. British Columbians and, certainly, Campbell Riverites would have seen nothing new or groundbreaking in the report. The “usual suspects” were trotted out to give the debate a face: the controversial Alexandra Morton and the articulate Ian Roberts. Both personalities put forward their positions clearly.
 
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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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