National Fisherman


Fishermen and government officials are now sparring over dire 2013 fishing catch limits that threaten the very future of the industry.

And viewers across the country can get their "reality" TV tastes of the fishing world through shows like "Deadliest Catch" and National Geographic's "Wicked Tuna," filmed out of Gloucester.

But fishing's harshest reality once again hit home in Gloucester, America's oldest seaport, and in Deer Isle, Maine, with the U.S. Coast Guard's grim but understandable decision a week ago to end the search for the scalloping boat Foxy Lady II.

It had been missing since Dec. 15.

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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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