National Fisherman


CHESAPEAKE BAY, Va (WAVY) – Thousands of dead fish appeared on the surface of the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend near the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.
 
James Ryan, a fisherman of Virginia Beach, captured video of the unusual sight. He said the fish are bunker fish, also known as menhaden. Fishermen say menhaden can be used as bait for crab, or be harvested for fish oil.
 
Social media posts from area fishermen indicate a commercial boat from Omega Protein was in the area at the time. 10 On Your Side contacted Omega, and company spokesman Ben Landry said an Omega vessel was not and could not have been involved, because the company does not have fishing operations on weekends or holidays.
 
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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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