September 21, 2012 -- The fishing industry's ability to adapt to changing fish populations
grows ever more complex, and weekly — sometimes daily — developments
always seem like "one step forward, two steps back."
New Bedford fishermen landed about 1 percent of
all the seafood in the country in 2011, and those $10-a-pound scallops
added up again to help make it the highest dollar value port for the
12th year in a row. At the same time, the scallop fishery faces cuts of
up to 30 percent in each of the next two years with the decision in the
New England Fishery Management Council's hands for a November meeting.
John Bullard takes the reins as NOAA's regional administrator for Northeast fisheries, and finds the situation to be dire.
Commerce Department declared a national fishery disaster in the New
England groundfishery, but there's no guarantee that enough relief will
find its way to Massachusetts, or that it would be spent well if it
On this front, there are current
programs and future plans that offer promise of making good decisions
with what relief can be delivered.
begun a survey of 1,700 fishing boats in the Northeast, hoping to obtain
data on actual operating costs. NOAA will also be talking with
fishermen to obtain socio-economic data.
Read the full article at South Coast Today