National Fisherman


I have never seen former New Bedford Mayor John Bullard look so downcast as he did last Thursday at the special meeting of the New England Fisheries Management council in Wakefield.

Bullard, who now heads NOAA fisheries in the Northeast, was trying to break the news gently that what the council is about to do with quota allocations wasn't going to be easy.

Someone in the room full of 150 people, mostly fishermen and their families, had asked him to "do the right thing" when it comes to issuing allocations.

"Doing the right thing is going to be very, very hard," Bullard said repeatedly speaking slowly in a low voice. He didn't get specific, but everyone in the room knew what he meant: This wasn't going to be pretty.

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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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