NEW BEDFORD — UMass and the state Division of Marine Fisheries will take up the dispute over fishery stock assessments as a counterbalance to NOAA's own survey of the problem, it was announced Tuesday.
The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Institute, which is a partnership between the state and UMass Dartmouth, met early this month and approved the idea of an "end-to-end" review of the groundfish assessment system in the Northeast.
Concerns about the assessments are emerging among industry members, academics and scientific experts. NOAA fisheries managers are under fire for the wide swath of uncertainty in the population estimates that in turn drive regulations, especially catch limits.
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