National Fisherman


It was good news in 1999, when an outfit named Seafood Watch made handy for diners a guide that listed fish in danger. Among other things, it helped people know that several species were overfished and that a wise individual choice in ordering at the restaurant might help certain stocks to rebound.
 
The downer, of course, was that so many fish landed off Oregon's coast were said to be in decline and their habitats pummeled in the harvesting – indeed, how could one hungry diner really make a difference? There was worry, too, about the sustainability of Oregon's coastal fishery, which annually lands millions of pounds of sole, snapper and several other varieties of groundfish: Not only were fish in peril but jobs in catching them were, too.
 
So it was especially good to learn that Seafood Watch, based at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, has issued new rankings that dramatically return once-familiar fish to the menu: all trawl- and longline-caught rockfish, for example, long a staple of Oregon's coastal fishery, rose from "Avoid" to "Good Alternative" or "Best Choice," The Oregonian's Lynne Terry reported. Meanwhile, Pacific grenadier moved up from "Avoid" to "Good Alternative," and several flatfish species, among them sole and Pacific sanddabs, bumped upward from a respectable "Good Alternative" to "Best Choice."
 
Read the full story at The Oregonian>>
 
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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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