National Fisherman


A monster bluefin tuna has sold for a record-breaking $1.8 million in the year's first auction at Japan's Tsukiji fish market, nearly three times the previous high set last year.

The 488-pound fish, caught off Japan's northern city of Oma, fetched a winning bid of about $1.8 million (155.4 million yen), said an official at the Tokyo fish market.

The figure dwarfs the previous high of $638,905 (56.49 million yen) paid at last year's inaugural auction at Tsukiji, a huge working market that features on many Tokyo tourist itineraries.

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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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