National Fisherman


A Denver-based fish importer plans to buy fish directly from individual boats within the New England small boat groundfishery in a well-intended program that still reveals the complexities of supporting beleaguered Northeast fishermen.
 
Seattle Fish Co., according to its director of purchasing, is interested in building a Colorado market for East Coast seafood as a means for expanding its seafood offerings and potentially helping fishermen in this region.
 
“We’re doing it to see if we can help support the groundfishermen up in that region, who have really been hit hard,” said Harry Mahleres. “Usually, our big thrust is from the West Coast and out of Alaska.”
 
The new program also emphasizes a boat-to-table philosophy in partnership with Open Ocean, which links distributors with individual day-boat fishermen who agree to provide transparent and traceable products at market-reasonable prices.
 
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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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