National Fisherman

NEW BEDFORD — A federal district court judge has ruled that NOAA fisheries regulators played word games to explain an illegal quota system in the current fishing year.
 
Judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. found that the practice of "rolling over" up to 10 percent of unused quota into the following fishing year went too far in the current fishing year, which ends this month.
 
The reason, he said, is that the added quota from the rollover brought the next year's total quota over the legal limit set by science advisers.
 
The judge wrote in his decision that NOAA tried to avoid accountability by naming the rolled over quota as something other than "annual catch limits," or ACLs.
 
The ACL added to the rollover is termed "total potential catch" by NOAA.
 
"That's right. According to the service, the statutory limits on its authority apply only when it says the magic words. Express limits set by Congress are, under the service's theory, mere verbiage, easily circumvented through clever use of a marine thesaurus," the judge wrote.
 
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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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