National Fisherman

Just one day after the State Department of Environmental Conservation took back a controversial quota on porgies, the Suffolk County Legislature agreed to consider legal action on behalf of the commercial fishing industry.

According to Legislator Jay Schneiderman, the way the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission determine New York State’s fishing quotas is a “discriminatory practice” and must change to put New York’s fisheries on equal footing with neighboring states.

“New York fisheries fish in the same waters as Connecticut and New Jersey, yet they take out far less per boat than other areas,” Mr. Schneiderman said. “An equalized quota or allocation won’t mean more fish get taken out—they’d be distributed evenly. Other areas will go down and we’ll go up, but that is what is fair.”

Quotas for New York are determined by the “box method,” where the number of fish caught in one season—upon which the following season’s quota is based—is estimated based on how many boxes of fish, usually summer flounder, there are. Other species like porgy, sea bass and bluefish are also counted this way, according to Emerson Hasbrouck of Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

Instead of using the “weigh-out” system, like other states, to get a more accurate count, New York fisheries seem to be at a disadvantage, Mr. Hasbrouck said.

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Inside the Industry

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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