National Fisherman

Mixed Catch 

lincIn Mixed Catch, NF Senior Editor Linc Bedrosian spotlights a wide range of commercial fishing-related news items from coast to coast.

Today's New England Fishery Management Council meeting is an excellent reminder that management changes to protect our nation's fish stocks come with a human cost.

That's something that doesn't always come across in media coverage of the move to sector management in the New England groundfish fishery. Numerous fishermen will be damaged by that change.

This morning, the council began working to finalize Amendment 16 and bring sector management to the groundfish fishery. And as the council and fishermen wrestled with how best to allocate fish to each sector, it was never clearer that there is no way to do so without some fishermen getting substantially hurt in the process.

They aren't just taking a pay cut. Fishermen who have spent their whole lives catching fish — and made substantial financial investments to keep doing so — will be finished.

Fishermen's opinions (and those of council members) differed on the critical issue of what baseline should be used to allocate fish to sectors. But everybody was finding that trying to come up with a way to do so that would be fair to everyone was an impossible task.

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

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