Catch Shares

CatchShare Rally

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NOAA’s Catch Share page

The page includes a PDF of NOAA’s catch share policy as well as information about specific programs.

National Fisherman’s 2-part series on Catch Shares

The story behind the story.

U.S. Declares a Disaster for Fishery in Northeast

Source: New York Times, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

BOSTON — The Commerce Department on Thursday issued a formal disaster declaration for the Northeastern commercial groundfish fishery, paving the way for financial relief for the battered industry and the communities that depend on it. 

New England governors seek $100 million for fishery relief

Source: Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

The governors of four New England states are asking the federal government for $100 million to provide immediate disaster relief for commercial fishermen.

Editorial: An independent probe of NOAA enforcement? It’s none too soon

Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012

If there is any transparency to be found in what President Obama promised would be “the most transparent administration in history,” it must be somewhere other than the U.S. Department of Commerce and the agencies it oversees — most notably the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Mass. lawmakers join Maine in urging fisheries disaster declaration

Source: Bangor (Maine) Daily News, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

Bipartisan frustration with Obama administration fisheries policy in Massachusetts — gone from simmer to boil — finally reached the White House on Wednesday.

Fishermen despondent over proposed cuts to 2013 catch

Source: Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012

NEW BEDFORD — The news that federal regulators are planning to slash allowable catch for the 2013 fishing year has left groundfishermen on the New Bedford waterfront worried about their future.

Lawmaker forms new fishery research panel

Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A high-profile federal fishing advisory board, including major industry figures from Gloucester, New Bedford and Cape Cod and aimed at providing a research and policy counterweight to the federal fisheries regulatory system, has been organized by Congressman William Keating.

Opinion: Senators say fixing problems in fisheries is among the few examples of true bipartisanship in Congress

Source: Standard-Times, New Bedford, Mass., Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A May 16 editorial in the New York Times, “The Grand Old Party and the Sea,” stated that “recreational fishing organizations and their Republican allies in Congress” were responsible for the passage of an amendment recently to defund new “catch share” programs in fisheries management. In fact, past and present efforts to correct poor fisheries management policy by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been a positive example of bipartisanship in an otherwise deeply divided Congress.

Local fisherman speaks up for catch shares

Source: Charleston (S.C.) City Paper, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A local fisherman is taking a stand against an attempt by some members of Congress to ban the creation of new catch shares, organizations intended to maintain fish populations by setting catch quotas for individual fishermen.

Charter captains describe big-boat cod raids

Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WAKEFIELD — Big offshore draggers using their own and acquired catch share allocations have worked inside Stellwagen Bank for the past year — where they’d not been seen before — depleting a rebuilding stock of Gulf of Maine cod.

U.S. House approves bill to stall catch shares

Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Friday, May 11, 2012

A mini-budget containing language that stops the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from developing, approving or implementing new catch share fishery management programs along the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico was approved Thursday by the full U.S. House of Representatives.

EDF lands $13M from Walmart foundation

Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Walton Family Foundation has announced making $71 million in conservation grants last year, including more than $13 million to the Environmental Defense Fund, the nonprofit giant with which it joined in producing a controversial 2008 paper on fisheries to push the controversial catch share fishery management system.

Fish rules trap boat owners

Source: Boston Herald, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Massachusetts fishermen’s earnings sank by 14.2 percent in 2011 — a record drop that some blame on the first full year of new federal catch limits, the Herald has found.

Catch share debate divides fishing community

Source: Charleston (S.C.) City Paper, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In a sense, the ocean is the last wilderness on Earth, especially when you consider that most burgers, chicken wings, and ham sandwiches come from an animal raised within the claustrophobic confines of a factory farm. They weren’t nobly brought down by an arrow in the forest. But that grouper fillet? That fish was caught in the ocean.

Cities’ fishing suit says NOAA ignoring law

Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Times, Friday, April 13, 2012

Fishing industry plaintiffs have formally urged the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston to overturn last June’s lower court and invalidate the two-year-old catch share system used to manage the New England groundfishery.

House panel drafting Magnuson reforms

Source: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, Thursday, April 12, 2012

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is drafting “a comprehensive” change to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, a fisheries management law, in an attempt to ensure that NOAA makes “informed decisions based on sufficient scientific information,” Chairman Doc Hastings has told the Times.

Opinion: Rigid, arbitrary decisions hurt fishing industry

Source: Courier-Post, Tuesday, April 3, 2012

As a young boy growing up in Cumberland County, I fondly remember going to my favorite fishing holes whenever I got the chance. I’d go with my dad, my uncles or by myself to sit by the water and dream of reeling in “the big one.”

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Ashley Herriman

Ashley Herriman is the online editor for National Fisherman.

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