National Fisherman


The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is offering up to $10,000 to help oyster harvesters buy refrigerators to comply with state and federal laws and regulations. Participants can get up to half the cost from the state.

Refrigeration units, cooler boxes, generators and other equipment associated with refrigeration are all eligible for reimbursement under the seafood technology and equipment program.

Oysters taken between May and October for raw consumption outside of Louisiana must be refrigerated within an hour of harvest at no more than 45 degrees. Some must maintain an internal temperature of 55 degrees within six hours of being pulled out of the water.

Before 2010, oysters had to be refrigerated within 10 hours of summer harvest.

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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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