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.
March 23, 2015 -- The rules are a good first step, but illegal fishing is a global problem that requires a multinational approach to solve it. The government needs to work with other major fish importers worldwide to ensure that fishermen with contraband cargo can’t unload their wares.
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