National Fisherman


A unique fishery is offered in Homer for the first time, tanner crabs from small boat operators around Kodiak Island in a move meant to connect consumers directly to fishermen.

"You seldom see these available here, the biggest opilio crab caught. It really is meant to help out the small boat guys who do this little fishery in a sustainable way and subscribe to a conservation ethic," said Pete Wedin, a board member of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

The council is offering Kodiak Tanner crab from a program called CATCH of the SEASON. It is modeled after a Community Supported Fishery and is the only one of its kind in the Anchorage area.
Individuals can pre-purchase boxes of the crab sustainably harvested by local fishermen and pick them up after the crab has been harvested. This is the third year AMCC has carried out the Kodiak crab program. This is the first time Homer will be included in the list of locations for pickup of crab boxes. All proceeds from the program benefit the work of AMCC in Kodiak and fishermen that participate in the program get a higher price for their catch than they would otherwise.

AMCC Executive Director Kelly Harrell said this crab is typically marketed as snow crab. Tanner crab is known for its sweet and rich flavor. Yet, Kodiak bairdi tanner crab are larger and meatier relatives of the more well-known opilio crab harvested in the Bering Sea and Canada.

The carefully managed Kodiak tanner crab fishery only occurs once a year during a short winter season that begins Jan. 15.

Read the full story at the Homer Tribune>>

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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