National Fisherman


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Many industries keep Hampton Roads running, including the seafood industry. But some professional fisherman say new rules may force them out of business.

10 On Your Side is looking into why some say the changes are so necessary, and how they could hurt the way of life for so many others.

Virginia waterman are passionate. One wrote into ReportIt@wavy.com that the watermen have been cut short on income through the early closing of their oyster season. Another told us on Thursday that in less than 25 years, there have been more than 20 new regulations, and none of them have done what they're supposed to do.

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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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