National Fisherman


POQUOSON — Sisters-in-law Jan Rollins and Sarah Powell looked out over the dock at the Poquoson Yacht Club with sad smiles.
 
Powell held on to her granddaughters Kayla Powell and Gracie Trice as they wiped away tears shed remembering their grandfather, uncles and other loved ones, all of whom were watermen that have died.
 
Several dozen people gathered Sunday at Messick Point — Poquoson Mayor Eugene Hunt called it the city's home port — for a memorial service to honor the men who have worked the waters surrounding the town.
 
"It was very moving," Powell said, "to look out where they worked every day."
 
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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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