National Fisherman


The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the impetus behind a research project at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, Ga., that will analyze the effects of spilled oil on blue crabs and grass shrimp. The researchers will examine the species growth under various conditions to see if the genes that regulate molting may have been affected.

The researchers also will send tissue samples, primarily from the shrimp and crab's endocrine organs, to a researcher at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah to look for physiological or pathological changes. The study is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Although grass shrimp are not typically harvested as a commercial product, they are abundant in Gulf of Mexico salt marshes and estuaries, and are an important food source for many fish. Blue crabs are also a food source for many fish in addition to being a valuable commercial catch.

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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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