NOAA and Gloucester Sector Reach Agreement on Gulf of Maine Codfish Proposal
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Gloucester Daily Times] By Sean Horgan -
February 27, 2015 -
The period for public comment ends Monday on the fishing sectors’ proposal to trade cod allocation for the elimination of some restrictive elements of the emergency cod measures NOAA Fisheries instituted last November in the Gulf of Maine.
So, barring comment that will sway NOAA to a different conclusion, a coalition of industry stakeholders and sector managers seem to have done something extraordinary: convince the federal fisheries management regulator to reconsider a policy deemed by fishermen to be overly restrictive, dangerous and economically unfair.
Both sides conceded that the ultimate compromise on the emergency cod measures represents a departure from the way they usually interact and the oft-abrasive tenor their color their discussions...
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