National Fisherman


Area commercial fishermen could get a phone call asking about their fishing habits as part of a survey getting under way by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.

The division will survey between now and June approximately 400 commercial fishermen who fish the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds, according to a division news release.

The survey will provide information on fishing habits, perceptions, income, expenditures and demographics. The information gathered in the survey will be used in fishery management plans as well as to develop economic impact models and to help fisheries managers make informed decisions on various fisheries topics, the release said.

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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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