EDF proposes 100 percent vessel monitoring of NE groundfish boats
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SCOM] - November 20, 2014 -
The Environmental Defense Fund is proposing 100 percent monitoring of groundfish fishing boats in New England.
Currently about 20 percent of all fishing boats in New England are monitored.
Matt Mullin, regional director of EDF’s oceans program in New England, said, “Increased monitoring will directly address an ongoing, fundamental flaw in our fishery management – the fact that we do not have an accurate assessment of what is being caught on 80 percent of boats.”
In addition to 100 percent monitoring, EDF is calling for a greater investment to determine the impact of climate change on the fishery. A recent study showed that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, which has major implications for cod spawning and feeding.
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