National Fisherman


We value scientific research, but not at the expense of the very environment being studied.

That is why we support the injunction filed Thursday by the state Department of Environmental Protection to stop seismic testing 15 to 50 miles southeast of Barnegat Inlet. The testing is aimed at examining how the New Jersey coastline advanced and retreated as sea levels rose and fell over millions of years.

That would yield valuable information for scientists and others looking for ways to preserve the Jersey Shore in the face of climate change. We don't deny the worth of such research. But the timing is wrong. Mid-summer is prime time for commercial and recreational fishing in that area, and the risk from seismic testing to fish and to the economic viability of the fishing industry would be at its peak. The court should stop the project at least until the summer is over. The testing is scheduled to begin as early as Monday.

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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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