Study Urges Better Science, Accountability in Fisheries Management

Boston Harbor, photo: USGS/Dann Blackwood/NOAA An independent review of the bureaucracy that devises New England’s fishing rules is calling for numerous changes, including more accountability about whether the regulations actually work.

Other recommendations in the report released yesterday included improving the timeliness and confidence in the science used as the basis for regulations, and a greater emphasis on developing and serving the fishing industry.

The review was conducted by Preston Pate, former chairman of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and included interviews with 179 people involved in management—including fishermen, federal regulators, and researchers.

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