Commerce Department Makes Concessions To Fishermen

Reversing its policy, the federal Department of Commerce has agreed to grant significant concessions to New England fishermen, particularly those who have been victims of overly harsh law enforcement policies, according to a report from

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke had previously spurned appeals from the fishing industry and political leaders. But this week’s announcement followed months of political pressure from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and the New England congressional delegation.

Among the reforms are a 51-day extension to the period when fishermen may appeal penalties, freezing penalty payments while the appeal process is underway, and standardizing law enforcement policies around the country.

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South Coast Today (3.16)

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