National Fisherman


Shrimping season opened in the Alabama on Wednesday, a few weeks later than usual. But higher shrimp prices have shrimpers excited about potential profits.
 
“The opening of shrimp season is about a week or two later than usual due the cold winter and spring rains. The abundances we saw during our sampling look good, so it should be a nice opening. I am looking forward to getting some fresh shrimp this weekend,” said Chris Blankenship, director of Alabama Marine Resources and program administrator for the Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission, in a release.
 
The opening of shrimp season is always “a joyous time in Coastal Alabama,”It’s also an important time for the Alabama seafood industry. At more than 25 million pounds caught in Alabama every year, shrimp is the most abundant type of seafood landed along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
 
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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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