National Fisherman


The commercial Dungeness crab season in Central California opened Nov. 14 and started off great, until the weather took a turn and kept boats in port. The market is hungry for crabs, and consumers are paying top dollar to start the season.

Commercial fishing boats steamed back to port with full loads after the first haul of crabs. The market had a strong appetite for crabs, with a negotiated price to start at $3 per pound from wholesalers. The price may triple by the time crabs make it to market. Consumers may pay up to $10 a crab off the dock.

The price was so strong from wholesale markets, many commercial boats simply unloaded to the local buyers and wanted to steam back out for more.

Mother Nature had different plans, however. The first winter storms hit the coast shortly after the season started, and many boats ended up tied to the docks.

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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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