National Fisherman


WASHINGTON — Sen. John Kerry is asking that the most recent report of the investigation into the alleged unfair treatment of fishermen by the attorneys and officers who enforce the nation's fishery laws be released "immediately or, at the very least, no later than the end of this year."

"In light of a declared fishery disaster, we must do all that we can to assist our fishermen," Kerry wrote to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Wednesday. "It is more important now than ever that our government agencies work cooperatively and rationally with our fishermen to ensure the success of new management systems.

The perceived delay in releasing the report has resulted in further eroding of public trust in the agency."

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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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