Feds Look to Regulate Charter Boat Fishing

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Gloucester Times: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Defense Fund have separately announced efforts to regulate the nation’s recreational fishing operations under the same type of catch-share system now being used to manage New England’s commercial fisheries.

The government effort at transforming the recreational sector into a limited-access, regulated market comes on the heels of a bitterly divisive campaign by Jane Lubchenco, the Obama administration’s chief of oceans and atmosphere and a former EDF official, to bring New England’s commercial fisheries under catch share management.

NOAA and EDF both assert there is stakeholder support for recreational catch shares, which would, in part, assign allocations to charter boat companies and captains.

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The Gloucester Times

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