Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood.

Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood.

GloucesterTimes.com: The head of the NOAA-affiliated New England Fishery Management Council has told NOAA Northeast Regional administrator John Bullard that the panel stands opposed to Bullard’s call for fishermen venturing into newly opened areas off Cape Cod and Nantucket to bear the full cost of NOAA-mandated on-board monitors for any such trips.

In a letter dated July 26 (2013), Council Chairman C.M. “Rip” Cunningham told Bullard that the monitoring cost requirement may prevent virtually any fishermen from participating in the program.

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