National Fisherman


KENAI - Travis Every spent June and July standing at his family's setnet sites watching the sockeye salmon jump in their rush toward the Kenai River.

But instead of setting his nets in the water to catch a portion of the season's estimated 6.2 million sockeye run, Travis like many other East Side setnetters in the Cook Inlet remained beached, his nets drying in the sun.

"We didn't do anything else," Travis said. "You get up and even though you aren't fishing, you wake up at five in the morning, drive to the beach site, have coffee, watch all the fish jump, get pissed off, get on the phone and start calling people."

The 2012 fishing season was a disaster for setnetters, and the Every family found themselves taking a very public role in addressing the fallout.

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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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