National Fisherman


NEW BEDFORD — The fledgling Center for Sustainable Fisheries takes its message to Seattle, Wash. in February to stoke discussion of changes in the way commercial fisheries are regulated.
 
The delegation will be led by Dr. Brian Rothschild, dean emeritus of the UMass School for Marine Science and Technology.
 
He will be joined by CSF chief operating officer Kate Kramer, who told The Standard-Times on Wednesday, "People on the West Coast have different ideas about the Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization."
 
That's the law that governs fishing regulation, and especially in the Northeast, NOAA has been accused of diverging from the intent of Congress and short-changing many aspects of what Magnuson requires it to do. High among them are: to use the best science; and, determine and mitigate the economic effects of regulations on fishing communities and economies.
 
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