National Fisherman


U.S. commercial fishing group Seafood Harvesters of America on Monday urged members of Congress to "do no harm" to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which is up for reauthorization.

Organization President Chris Brown, a commercial fisherman in Rhode Island, says fishing allocations should be based on the best available science, not "arbitrary deadlines."

Here is the statement in full:

With another week to go until members of Congress return to Washington, the Harvesters are speaking out about proposed changes to the law that governs America's commercial fisheries. While the second draft re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, put out by Senator Mark Begich and Senator Marco Rubio, addressed some of our concerns, our greatest concern remains: reallocation mandates setting a dangerous precedent for coastal communities across the country.

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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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