National Fisherman


2015 is going to be a much tougher year than expected in the seafood industry. This was brought home this morning by headlines about economic turmoil in Europe. 

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Massachusetts' two U.S. senators didn't waste much time in the New Year before demanding answers from NOAA on the unscheduled stock assessment last summer that led to the effective shuttering of cod fishing in the Gulf of Maine and other fishery management issues.
 

The third of four Maryland watermen involved in a vast striped bass poaching scheme was sentenced in federal court Wednesday, with the judge saying he wanted to send a message about the seriousness of the crime.

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Coast Guard crews are searching for an overdue Big Coppitt Key commercial fish dealer who pleaded guilty in an illegal spiny lobster harvesting case last month.
 
NEW BEDFORD — The long-awaited Round 2 of federal fisheries disaster relief was announced Wednesday, an $8.3 million pot to be distributed among industry members other than the permit holders who benefited from the first round of aid.
 
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — Maine lobstermen and scallop and quahog harvesters are among those weighing in at public hearings this week on a proposed federal fishery management action. The New England Fishery Management Council (NEMFC) staff held a webinar hearing and in-person meetings in Brewer and Portland on the council’s proposed Amendment 2 to its Omnibus Essential Fish Habitat document.
 

A public hearing is being held Wednesday in Portland, Maine, about a fishery management plan for New England waters. The New England Fishery Management Council is working on a habitat management plan for federal waters from Maine to Rhode Island.

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Balancing commerce and nature along the Jersey Shore is never easy.

Commerce - especially and ironically the commercial-fishing industry and the marinas and bait-and-tackle shops that cater to recreational fishermen - is often at odds with efforts to enhance and maintain the coastal ecosystem.

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The New England cod fishery is on the brink of collapse. For weeks now we have heard from all stakeholders, with some calling for more closures, some less, and others seeking financial aid for fishing families. We’ve even heard a few calling for an all-out ban on cod fishing. But what is missing from much of this conversation are constructive ideas to pave a path forward for fishermen in New England.

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Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced the launch of a user-friendly, and interactive Invasive Lionfish Web Portal aimed at arming the fishery community and public with the latest details to the combat the invasive species in the Atlantic and Gulf region.

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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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