Written by Michelle Gayton
The page includes a PDF of NOAA's catch share policy as well as information about specific programs.
The story behind the story.
Source: New York Times, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
BOSTON — The Commerce Department on Thursday issued a formal disaster declaration for the Northeastern commercial groundfish fishery, paving the way for financial relief for the battered industry and the communities that depend on it.
Source: Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
The governors of four New England states are asking the federal government for $100 million to provide immediate disaster relief for commercial fishermen.
Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012
If there is any transparency to be found in what President Obama promised would be “the most transparent administration in history,” it must be somewhere other than the U.S. Department of Commerce and the agencies it oversees — most notably the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Source: Bangor (Maine) Daily News, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
Bipartisan frustration with Obama administration fisheries policy in Massachusetts — gone from simmer to boil — finally reached the White House on Wednesday.
Source: Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012
NEW BEDFORD — The news that federal regulators are planning to slash allowable catch for the 2013 fishing year has left groundfishermen on the New Bedford waterfront worried about their future.
Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A high-profile federal fishing advisory board, including major industry figures from Gloucester, New Bedford and Cape Cod and aimed at providing a research and policy counterweight to the federal fisheries regulatory system, has been organized by Congressman William Keating.
Source: Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass., Tuesday, May 29, 2012
A May 16 editorial in the New York Times, "The Grand Old Party and the Sea," stated that "recreational fishing organizations and their Republican allies in Congress" were responsible for the passage of an amendment recently to defund new "catch share" programs in fisheries management. In fact, past and present efforts to correct poor fisheries management policy by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been a positive example of bipartisanship in an otherwise deeply divided Congress.
Source: Charleston (S.C.) City Paper, Tuesday, May 15, 2012
A local fisherman is taking a stand against an attempt by some members of Congress to ban the creation of new catch shares, organizations intended to maintain fish populations by setting catch quotas for individual fishermen.
Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, Wednesday, May 16, 2012
WAKEFIELD — Big offshore draggers using their own and acquired catch share allocations have worked inside Stellwagen Bank for the past year — where they'd not been seen before — depleting a rebuilding stock of Gulf of Maine cod.
Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Friday, May 11, 2012
A mini-budget containing language that stops the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from developing, approving or implementing new catch share fishery management programs along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico was approved Thursday by the full U.S. House of Representatives.
Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Walton Family Foundation has announced making $71 million in conservation grants last year, including more than $13 million to the Environmental Defense Fund, the nonprofit giant with which it joined in producing a controversial 2008 paper on fisheries to push the controversial catch share fishery management system.
Source: Boston Herald, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Massachusetts fishermen’s earnings sank by 14.2 percent in 2011 — a record drop that some blame on the first full year of new federal catch limits, the Herald has found.
Source: Charleston (S.C.) City Paper, Wednesday, April 18, 2012
In a sense, the ocean is the last wilderness on Earth, especially when you consider that most burgers, chicken wings, and ham sandwiches come from an animal raised within the claustrophobic confines of a factory farm. They weren't nobly brought down by an arrow in the forest. But that grouper fillet? That fish was caught in the ocean.
Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Friday, April 13, 2012
Fishing industry plaintiffs have formally urged the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to overturn last June's lower court and invalidate the two-year-old catch share system used to manage the New England groundfishery.
Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, Thursday, April 12, 2012
The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is drafting "a comprehensive" change to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, a fisheries management law, in an attempt to ensure that NOAA makes "informed decisions based on sufficient scientific information," Chairman Doc Hastings has told the Times.
Source: Courier-Post, Tuesday, April 3, 2012
As a young boy growing up in Cumberland County, I fondly remember going to my favorite fishing holes whenever I got the chance. I’d go with my dad, my uncles or by myself to sit by the water and dream of reeling in “the big one.”
The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...