National Fisherman


ELLSWORTH, Maine — Anybody familiar with the commercial fishing industry, especially Maine's iconic lobster fishery, will know that it doesn't fit into a typical 9-to-5 schedule.

So it most likely will not come as a surprise to most Mainers to learn that, when producers and television crews from Headline News set out last summer to profile "individuals and communities who have found inventive and surprising ways to address today's challenges by applying the lessons of American pioneers," that offshore island fishermen and their families would be featured on the show.

The new show is called "American Journey" and is being hosted by Ty Pennington, former host of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC. The first episode of the half-hour show, which features the Maine lobstermen, is set to air on HLN at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and will air again at the same time the following day, Sunday, Jan. 13.

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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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