National Fisherman


PORTSMOUTH — Three of the state's four congressional representatives have sent a letter to federal officials asking them to study the impact of Sea-3's increase in rail cars carrying propane through the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
 
In a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to consider conducting a comprehensive environmental assessment of the potential impact of increased rail traffic on lines running through GBNERR.
 
"The GBNERR is part of the Great Bay estuary, New Hampshire's largest estuarine system, which offers a variety of diverse habitats, including eelgrass beds, mudflats and salt marsh," they wrote. "The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper has highlighted numerous environmental effects that expanded use of these rail lines would have on research facility work, oyster restoration efforts, aquaculture operations, lobstermen, crabbers and recreational shell fishermen."
 
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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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