National Fisherman


PROVINCETOWN — State police used their unmanned robot to identify the sunken Twin Lights scallop boat Tuesday in 198-foot waters two miles north of Race Point. But obscured windows in the pilothouse, murky waters and fast currents prevented the robot from revealing whether the body of Capt. Jean Frottier was onboard.

"They weren't able to determine if anyone was in there," Coast Guard Lt. Joe Klinker said at the Provincetown station after searchers returned to land at about 3 p.m.

The state police will study the videotape taken by the robot, known as a remotely operated vehicle or ROV, and then determine the next step, Klinker said.

The Twin Lights capsized at about 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 as Frottier, 69, of Wellfleet tried to untangle his equipment from another fisherman's gear. The commercial lobster boat Glutton was nearby and rescued crew member Eric Rego.

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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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