National Fisherman


A mainstay West Coast fishery is now certified sustainable after diminished stocks 14 years ago forced the federal government to declare a disaster.
 
The Marine Stewardship Council announced today in Portland that 13 groundfish species caught by West Coast trawler fishermen will be designated sustainable.
The decision will likely make the fishery more marketable.
  
The MSC certified its first rockfish species and a skate species as sustainable among other types of bottom-dwelling fish.
 
Fishermen, fishery managers, the Environmental Defense Fund and federal agencies established the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program in 2011 to rejuvenate groundfish stocks.
 
“We’ve changed and adapted a lot in the last 10 to 15 years or more and the fishery has changed a lot,” said Paul Kujala, Warrenton commissioner for the Oregon Trawl Commission and captain of the Cape Windy. “We’re getting some recognition for that.”
 
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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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