National Fisherman


BOWERS BEACH — "White Gold," a documentary about Delaware's oystering history and a present day story about a Delaware waterman's struggle to bring a 1893 wooden schooner back to its former glory, will debut in a free public showing at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 at Bowers Beach Fire Hall.

Wilmington filmmaker Michael Oates will introduce the documentary.

One hundred years ago, Leipsic, Little Creek, and Bowers Beach were among Delaware's flourishing maritime communities, relying on huge harvests of Delaware Bay oysters, commonly called "white gold."

Stately wooden schooners plied Delaware Bay, dredging as many as 900,000 bushels annually. Stories abound of local captains lighting cigars with $100 bills and buying new Cadillacs every year.

Yet today's annual oyster harvest is limited to less than 15,000 bushels with oyster beds decimated by a succession of deadly diseases and all but one of the sailing schooners gone.

Yet, these Bayshore communities and the commercial watermen who built them somehow endure.

Read the full story at the Delaware State News>>

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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