The New England Fisheries Management Council will meet for three days next week in Danvers in deliberations that ultimately will lead to new policies for the Northeast multispecies fishery, including which specific areas will be open to fishing beginning around the winter of 2015.
The council, one of the eight regional councils created by the Magnuson Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act, is scheduled to spend much of Monday discussing its management priorities for the next year before delving into issues related to the region's scallop fishery.
That discussion on management priorities is expected to include a recommendation by the Northeast Seafood Coalition that the council adopt alternative management strategies beyond the existing stock assessment models the coalition believes contribute to the instability and difficulties in managing the fishery through the industry's current economic disaster.
"In some cases, the stock assessments have been really poor," said Jackie Odell, executive director of the Northeast Seafood Coalition. "We have been recommending that they think about how they can come up with alternative procedures for setting catch advice and think about procedures to create stability in the annual catch limits so we don't have these huge swings."
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National Fisherman Live for Feb. 27, 2014
PORTSMOUTH, NH - The New Hampshire Fish and Lobster Festival, known locally as Fishtival, invites the community to Portsmouth's Prescott Park each September to honor, celebrate and rediscover the proud tradition of small-scale, local commercial groundfishing in New Hampshire and its valuable contribution to our local food system, local economy and local culture. Now, the mission continues with the announcement of small grants available from the proceeds of the 2013 event.
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