National Fisherman


FIVE ISLANDS, Maine - Up north, it's too warm.

A rise in ocean temperatures is killing off the iconic livelihood of New England fishermen. Two years ago, they hauled 14 million pounds of shrimp, but this year they'll only catch a tenth of that.

Off the rocky coastline of Five Islands, Maine, Ronald Pinkham has been up before dawn, setting traps for nearly 60 years. He said the catch today is terrible.

A third-generation fisherman, he's caught lobster in spring, summer and fall and shrimp each winter when lobsters move offshore. But, that annual rhythm is changing.

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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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