National Fisherman


Southeast Alaska's winter food and bait herring fishing is scheduled to open in certain areas at noon on Nov. 30.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the opening Tuesday.

Section 3-B and District 4's Craig and Klawock fishery is granted a guideline harvest level of 2,436 tons. Forecasts of spawning stock estimates age five herring.

ADF&G said in a press release that the fishery will open in "Section 3-B waters west of line from Blanquizal Point to Point Santa Rosalia to Tranquil Point and in those waters of District 4 north and east of a line from Lontana Point to Diver Point," according to a ADF&G release.

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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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