Jes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.
Friday, 04 February 2011
After reading an article this week in the Gloucester (Mass.) Times (Catch share group pushes private forum) about a closed-door meeting on New England's catch shares program, I got right on the horn to call the coordinator of the meeting to find out if members of the press would be allowed to attend.
I left a message and quickly received a call back from Jill Swasey at the MRAG Americas New England office, who explained that while the Monday morning workshop is, in fact, invite-only, observers are welcome, including the press.
Swasey clarified that the 9-to-5 gathering is a technical workshop hosted by MRAG Americas, a non-profit NOAA contractor that provides dockside monitoring services for several groundfish sectors in New England.
I strongly urge every tied-up fisherman to get to the Sheraton in Portsmouth, N.H., on Monday morning by 9 a.m.
If you would like more information, do not hesitate to call the MRAG Americas Essex, Mass., office at (978) 768-3880.
In the meantime, I also encourage attendees to read the report MRAG Americas published in collaboration with the Meridian Institute titled "Catch Shares in New England."
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