National Fisherman

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to reduce quotas to give younger scallops a chance to mature and ensure that stocks remain stable in the future, NOAA officials said.

The move — which reduces quotas by a third — is something local fishermen are on board with, although they hope the cuts prove to be only a temporary thorn in their side, said Jim Kendall of New Bedford Seafood Consulting.

"They knew about this already," Kendall said Monday night. "They figure if they make two-thirds of what they were making then they'll still get by."

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Inside the Industry

It’s no secret that fraud is a problem in the seafood industry. Oceana repeatedly touts a mislabeling epidemic. While their method has been criticized, the perception of rampant fraud  has been established.

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The Center for Coastal Studies recently announced that Owen Nichols, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Marine Fisheries Research Program, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the John Annala Fishery Leadership Award by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. 

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