National Fisherman


Willis "Bill" Blount calls himself "the poster child for struggling fishermen" in the hyper-regulated Northeast fishery.

His boat, the 77-foot stern trawler Ruthie B., for years has been the only boat fishing out of Nantucket, but for the last couple of months it has spent a lot of time in New Bedford harbor getting some necessary work done while the expenses continue to pile up.

Blount was the sole fishing permit holder to attend a three-hour help session in the city for those applying for a slice of the fisheries disaster money, according to Kevin Creighton, fiscal officer for the Mass. Division of Fisheries. Dozens of others have already filed their paperwork, he said.

Blount is 69, with absolutely no intention of doing anything but returning to fishing once all the work and inspections are done on his boat, which he built in 1979 at his family's Rhode Island boatyard a few years after he relocated himself to Nantucket.

For the last decade or so, he said, he has been struggling to adjust to ever-increasing restrictions. "You have to be creative to make it," he said.

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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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