Groundfishermen Start Crisis Year
May 4, 2012
Gloucester Times: The 2012 fishing cycle dawns today, less than a week after the other shoe has dropped on the New England groundfishery.
The first shoe was the 22-percent cut in the allowable catch of Gulf of Maine cod, a fishery based in Gloucester, which will be followed by even more extreme measures in coming years, after a benchmark stock assessment last year overturned optimistic findings from a 2007 stock assessment.
The other shoe, outlined last week, is an 80-percent cut in the allowable catch of Georges Bank yellowtail flounder, a fishery based in New Bedford after an updated assessment.