National Fisherman


After nearly a year of meetings and conversations with the Army Corps of Engineers, the Ventura Port District learned this week it will receive $2.5 million to dredge the Ventura Harbor, officials announced Wednesday.

District and city officials launched a drive to secure the money after learning the federal budget for 2013 had no money for dredging — the first time dredging had been excluded since 1983.

Officials met with the corps in Los Angeles, Oakland and Washington, D.C., during the past 10 months. The Federal Reconciliation Authority eventually approved the $2.5 million.

Business activity at the harbor generated $246 million for the economy in 2011. Commercial fishing generated $46 million in revenue, while the National Park Service headquarters for Channel Islands National Park generated more than $24 million in visitor spending.

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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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