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An online petition is seeking to close the beleaguered Northeast Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Gloucester.

It points to remarks by Regional Administrator John Bullard, who said recently, "We set the rules and clearly the rules have failed. There's no other conclusion."

He was at a New England Fishery Management Council meeting, referring to the apparent collapse of cod and yellowtail flounder stocks, and the extreme cutbacks in quota in the fishing year starting May 1.

"We believe that just as there are consequences for failures in business, so too should there be consequences for failures in government," the petition states.

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Inside the Industry

Pat Fiorelli, the long-serving public affairs officer for the New England Fishery Management Council, will step down at the end of July.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced last week the sixth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to foster innovations that support sustainable fisheries in the United States. 

The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen and fishing communities while simultaneously rebuilding fish stocks.

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