The public campaign is revving up to convince NOAA not to implement emergency cod measures that could shut down the Gulf of Maine to Gloucester’s day boat groundfishing fleet and those of other day-boat groundfish ports.
The Massachusetts Fishermen’s Partnership and U.S. Sen. Kelly A. Ayotte, R-N.H., wrote letters to federal regulators last week, again criticizing the controversial stock assessment that led to the anticipated measures and imploring them to devise solutions that do not include additional withering cuts to cod quota and planned rolling area closures.
NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard has conceded the emergency measures, which will be announced around the middle of this month, likely will include quota cuts and area closures and will have a “disproportionate” negative impact on small-boat groundfish ports such as Gloucester and Portsmouth, N.H.
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