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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National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15
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Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.