National Fisherman


BEAUFORT — Third generation boatbuilder Jamie Chadwick pointed to a photo lying on the desk in front of him. The photo, taken Dec. 15, showed 10 older men standing in front of a huge, wooden shrimp trawler frame.

"To me, that's what this is about," he said. "They paved the way."

Those men — most at or approaching their 80s — share one thing in common: A lifetime spent designing and handcrafting wooden boats — humble, working vessels that helped watermen bring the oceans bounty to these shores. Those 10 men represent the last of the old guard; the final few traditional Down East wooden boatbuilders.

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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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