National Fisherman


Groundfish harvest levels for 2013 approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council have boosted the total allowable catch of pollock in the Eastern Bering Sea to 1,247,000 tons, up nearly 4 percent from last year.

In 2012, fishermen harvested 1,204,554 tons of pollock in the Eastern Bering Sea, just over the allowable harvest of 1,200,000 tons.

The TAC for the Aleutian Islands pollock meanwhile remained at 19,000 tons.

In the Gulf of Alaska, the council approved a total allowable catch of pollock of 121,046 tons, up 4 percent from the 2012 allowable harvest of 116,444 tons. Last year's Gulf of Alaska pollock harvest was 100,912 tons.

The Pacific cod allocation for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands was set at 260,000 tons, down from 261,000 tons in 2012, when the harvest was 231,682 tons.

In the Gulf of Alaska, where 52,942 tons of an allowable harvest of 65,700 tons was taken last year, the quota was lowered 7.8 percent by the council to 60,600 tons.

Sablefish quotas were also lowered in both areas.

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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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