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.
November 24, 2014 -- It was certainly good to see the New England Fisheries Management Council vote last week to reject a NOAA move to uniformly and concurrently institute spawning closures in four prime fishing areas that surround Gloucester — and to instead look toward seasonal closures that should at least give Gloucester’s endangered groundfishing fleet some alternatives to stay afloat.