National Fisherman


The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA) ordered the Pacific fleet to suspend bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) fishing for the rest of the year to prevent the catch quota of 5,000 tonnes set for Mexico from being exceeded.
 
CONAPESCA recalled that the quota for fishing bluefin tuna was set by an agreement published in the Official Gazette of the Federation published on 20 June, on the basis of the Resolution C-13-02 of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).
 
The resolution raises the need for precautionary management measures throughout the area of distribution of bluefin tuna in the Pacific Ocean to help ensure the sustainability of the resource. And Mexico, as a member country of the organization, has the obligation to take the necessary measures to ensure compliance with the established management measure.
 
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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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