Fishermen Head To Court Over Rules

Commercial boats in New Bedford harbor. Photo by ##http://newenglandboating.com/photographers/tom-croke## Tom Croke##

A coalition of commercial fishing interests will get their day in federal court tomorrow to fight regulations that they say are killing small commercial fishing businesses.

According to an article in the Gloucester Times, the coalition is fighting regulatory Amendment 16, which encourages the buying, selling and trading of fishermen’s allotted catch for various fish stocks. That system, they say, has hurt small fishing businesses and fleet diversity, while consolidating more resources in the hands of larger businesses.

The suit, which was filed last spring, originated from a coalition of commercial fishermen in the Massachusetts cities of Gloucester and New Bedford. However, other fishing businesses from North Carolina to Maine have joined the legal challenge.

To read more:

Gloucester Times

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