Fishermen Say NOAA Step Won’t Help

Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood.
Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood. A proposal to open portions of at least two areas previously closed to fishing in the waters off Cape Cod and Nantucket, with tight restrictions, would hold no benefit for Gloucester’s fishermen casting nets from smaller vessels and little for the few working larger off-shore boats, fishermen and others said Thursday [July 11, 2013].

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday its plan to open parts of some areas that have been closed to groundfishing for nearly 20 years, but added, to fishermen’s dismay, that the federal organization will require everyone who fishes there to shell out payment to carry a NOAA observer on board.

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