National Fisherman


BOSTON — An "end to end" analysis of how regulators determine the health of New England groundfish stocks is now planned after being pushed by a federal advisory board.

Groundfish are bottom-dwelling species such as cod and flounder, and the struggles of some species are forcing huge cuts in 2013 catch quotas. But fishermen have long criticized the stock assessments, pointing to past mistakes and saying the data behind them is flawed.

The review has three priorities: incorporating environmental changes into fishery management; studying how the fishery is monitored and surveyed; and looking at how overfishing is determined, as well as certain details on how catch levels are set.

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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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