Mayors, Industry urge Fishery Council science committee to advise "no changes" to fishery catch levels until there is confidence in the assessments
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.
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.
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