Cape Cod, Gloucester Fishing Groups at Odds

Photo courtesy NOAA.
Photo courtesy NOAA.

Steering a course opposite from the recommendations that came out of Gloucester, Massachusetts for spending the last pot of federal fishing disaster funds, elected officials from Cape Cod are urging Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to recast the landings criteria so the approximately $6.5 million will be spread among all 200 boats in the state’s groundfish fleet, according to an article on GloucesterTimes.com.

That position most certainly will not be embraced by the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition and the city of Gloucester, whose separate recommendations to the state Division of Marine Fisheries call for landing criteria that would send the disaster aid money to Massachusetts-based groundfishermen who landed at least 20,000 pounds of groundfish in any of the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 — levels that could exclude fishermen on Cape Cod who have scaled back from catching groundfish.

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