National Fisherman


Every year since February of 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has held one of its statewide meetings for Apalachicola, with commissioners each year raving about the fishing paradise found in Tallahassee’s backyard.

On Wednesday, they learned about the serious trouble that backyard is facing.

By appealing directly for FWC support, Franklin County’s beleaguered oyster industry, supported by environmental and recreational fishing interests, opened up a new front in their battle to secure more freshwater coming down the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) river system into Apalachicola Bay.

“If we don’t get something done in the next one-and-a-half years, we’re not going to have a bay,” said Shannon Hartsfield, a fourth-generation oysterman who serves as president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association.

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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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