National Fisherman


State fisheries officials have teamed with the LSU Sea Grant College Program to educate Louisiana commercial fisheries into a new era of higher profitability.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and program organizers recently announced the Fisheries Forward program, a new effort to foster harvesting and handling practices that help make the state’s catch the highest quality possible on the market.

“A lot of our business when it comes to processing is based on best-handing practices. A lot of our business is that high-end and high-quality market,” said David Chauvin, who owns three Terrebonne seafood businesses with his wife, Kim. “Right now, 90 percent of the education is on the dock facility. Guys come in, one has great shrimp, the other has black spots, head falling off and tails broken, and there is a difference in price.”

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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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