National Fisherman


Massachusetts’ plan for distributing $8.2 million in state-specific fishery assistance grants includes proposals to fund direct assistance to crew members and shoreside businesses, as well as vocational and vessel safety training, cooperative research and local seafood marketing.
 
Speaking in a meeting Monday night at the state Division of Marine Fisheries Annisquam Station in front of about 70 fishermen and stakeholders, state officials filled in some of the details of the plan to disburse the $14.5 million headed to Massachusetts.
 
Those funds come from the $75 million federal package Congress appropriated in January to assist a half-dozen fisheries across the nation where federal government already has declared fishing disasters.
 
As part of an agreement between the state fisheries directors and NOAA, that nearly $33 million is being portioned into three elements: approximately $11 million in direct assistance to 333 eligible permit holders; about $11 million in state-specific grants that are designed to help crew members and eligible shoreside businesses, as well as fund cooperative research.
 
Read the full story at the Gloucester Daily Times>>
 
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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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