All I want for Christmas…

Gulf of Maine fishermen have long been reporting a return of cod more in line with an optimistic 2008 survey that extended hopes for rebuilding the groundfish stock by 2014.

If nothing else, I hope the assessment helps lawmakers make the case for scientific analysis of the Magnuson rebuilding timeline. Perhaps it’s time to look at each fishery individually rather that slapping an all-purpose deadline that truly only hampers fishermen, whether or not the cause of a stock’s decline is fishing related.

(If Santa or anyone in Washington is listening, I’d take a payroll tax-break extension, too.)

Merry Christmas!

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