Fishing Quota Carryover Reeled in by NOAA

Fishing Quota Carryover Reeled in by NOAA
Commercial Fishing, photo illustration/New England Boating.

SouthCoastToday.com: NOAA on Friday [June 27, 2014] issued a final rewriting of fishing quota carryover rules that were thrown out last spring in federal court.

The old rule stated that a certain percentage of a year’s uncaught quota could be carried over into the next fishing year. It was seen as a safety valve to end the practice of going out in dangerous conditions just to beat the calendar and use up quota.

But environmentalists objected because that practice often caused the following year’s total quota to exceed scientifically imposed limits.

Read more about NOAA tightening the fishing quota carryover rules.