National Fisherman


Federal regulators plan to designate more than 700 miles of beach from North Carolina to Mississippi — including most of Brevard County's shoreline, as well as large swaths of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico — as "critical habitat" for threatened loggerhead sea turtles.
 
The rule would have little effect on most beachfront property owners or fishermen, federal officials say.
 
But in some cases, people who look to build or repair certain seawalls will face additional scrutiny from wildlife officials to ensure the walls do not harm critical loggerhead habitat.
 
And fishermen worry stricter rules will one day result.
 
"Any designation like that gets you to tune your radar a bit tighter," said Jerry Sansom, executive director of the Organized Fisherman of Florida, which represents several hundred commercial fishermen. "Anytime the feds do new designating, they always seem to want to come behind that and put additional regulations."
 
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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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