Mayors, Industry urge Fishery Council science committee to advise "no changes" to fishery catch levels until there is confidence in the assessments
At a public meeting today, New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell presented a letter he and Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk authored asking that no changes be made to catch limits.
BOSTON (Saving Seafood) August 24, 2012 -- At a public meeting today of the New England Fishery Management Council's (NEFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell presented a letter he and Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk jointly authored asking the SSC to recommend to the New England Fisheries Management Council that no changes be made to current Annual Catch Limits (ACL) until there is confidence in the accuracy of the stock assessments.
New Bedford is the nation's most profitable fishing port, Gloucester is the nation's oldest.
April 23, 2015 -- The news is not quite so good for the striped bass.
Once touted as one of the great conservation success stories of the 1990s, the popular game fish has seen a precipitous drop in numbers in recent years, prompting the state Department of Marine Fisheries to tighten restrictions on recreational anglers.