National Fisherman


GLOUCESTER — The final word fell to Gloucester fisherman Paul Vitale, the last speaker of the day at the fisheries listening session on the reauthorization of Magnuson-Stevens, held yesterday at City Hall and organized by U.S. Rep. John Tierney.
 
Up to that point, Tierney and his House colleague, Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, had been treated to many of the same comments and critiques of U.S. fisheries management that have papered the debate since the current version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act was signed into law in 2006.
 
Vitale, though, found a way to distill the dull screed of science and public policy into a compelling and easily understood analysis of where the current version of Magnuson-Stevens fails the people who make their living harvesting wildlife from U.S. waters — especially those fishing in the Northeast multi-species groundfish fishery.
 
“How many businesses could survive an 80 percent reduction in the amount of things they can produce and sell?” Vitale said of the cuts imposed by NOAA in the annual quotas for the allowable catch for cod and other groundfish. “An 80 percent reduction is obscene. They think they’re saving the fish. Who are they saving them for?”
 
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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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