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Catch Shares, Consolidation and the Tipping Point
A Report prepared by Dick Grachek for the American Alliance of Fishermen and Their Communities:
 

Proponents claim Catch Shares will stop overfishing, restore the stocks, create high paying quality jobs, and make the fishermen profitable and safe.  A closer look at Catch Share programs in place for decades shows no data to support these claims.

Further consolidation or reduction of the commercial fishing fleet is a known consequence of Catch Shares and a stated goal by NOAA during their push for implementation.  This fleet reduction will push the independently owned fishing vessel operations and the dockside support businesses beyond their financial “tipping point”; and in turn will cause the small, family owned, independent fishing businesses and their communities to collapse.

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GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES: 'Punitive' fishing closures, changes must be challenged

October 26, 2014 -- In April 2013, John Bullard, NOAA’s chief northeast regional administrator, first imposed Draconian cuts of up to 78 percent in fishermen’s allowable landings of cod and other groundfish species. And at the time, he called it the fishing industry’s and fishing communities’ “day of reckoning” over stock declines.