National Fisherman


For the last two years, fishermen on the south coast of Newfoundland have been put out of business in midseason because of what their union claims are unfair quota allocations by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
 
FFAW-Unifor President Earle McCurdy said the sharing of a halibut stock that lies in large areas off southern Newfoundland, as well as waters off Nova Scotia, short-changes fishermen from the south coast of Newfoundland.
 
McCurdy said landings by fishing 3Ps-based inshore enterprises (3Ps is the fishing zone off southern Newfoundland) averaged more than six per cent of the catch of this stock from 2001 to 2010, but DFO implemented new rules that has cut the share of the resource for the 3Ps fleet to 2.5 per cent.
 
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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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