Frank, Tierney say fishing rules ignore intent of law
NEW BEDFORD — The New England Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service “lost their way” when they wrote Amendment 16 to the Magnuson Act, U.S. Reps. Barney Frank and John Tierney told a federal court judge Tuesday.
They say that regulators “failed to achieve the balanced regulation required by the Magnuson-Stevens Act, constraining the operation of the groundfish fishery at the unnecessary expense of participants and dependent communities.”
The congressmen, both Massachusetts Democrats, filed their amicus (friend of the court) brief in the lawsuit to block Amendment 16, brought by New Bedford and Gloucester and a host of fishing industry interests.
July 21, 2014 -- "I remain concerned that the parameters of the plan neglects the fishermen who need assistance the most."
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