National Fisherman


PORTLAND, Maine — Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices.

The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting a conference in Portland beginning Tuesday focusing on issues such as warming ocean temperatures, the changing food web, and seafood economics. About 135 people have registered, including scientists from the United States, Canada, and Europe; regulators; and industry representatives.

The conference comes when the Maine harvest is going gangbusters, the southern New England fishery has virtually collapsed, and ocean temperatures are warming, which could have a profound effect on the lobster population, said symposium cochairman Rick Wahle, a University of Maine research professor.

"Lobsters have the potential to be a sort of poster child for climate change impact and the impacts of human activity," Wahle said.

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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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