NEW BEDFORD — NOAA Fisheries has opened a two-week comment window on the much-disputed multi-species fishing regulations and restrictions for the year starting May 1 in the Northeast.
Sharp cutbacks in the catch of cod and yellowtail flounder in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank have been recommended by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries regional administrator, John Bullard. Fishermen predict that smaller boats will be driven out of business because of the sharp reductions in allowable catch, up to 80 percent over the current year.
There are, however, increased catch limits for healthy stocks such as redfish and pollock.
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National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15
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Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.