Written by Jen Finn
NEW BEDFORD — Dr. Jane Lubchenco announced Wednesday that she is leaving NOAA in two months, and some of her local critics said that this will be a chance to truly repair the agency in the eyes of the fishing industry.
Lubchenco's nearly four years at the helm of the department that regulates commercial fishing were filled with friction, controversy and lawsuits over fishery management.
"Her resignation marks the end of four of the most trying years that commercial fishing have ever experienced," Mayor Jon Mitchell told The Standard-Times.
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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.Read more...
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.Read more...