Groundfishermen Start Crisis Year

Photo courtesy NOAA.

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.

Read more:

Gloucester Times

 

Share this Article On Facebook Twitter More...

Follow New England Boating:

Like New England Boating on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Receive our Daily RSS Feed.