NE Fishermen Critical of Fisheries Status Reports

Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood.
Commercial Fishing Vessel, photo/USCG/Dann Blackwood.

Seacoast Online: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released 2 reports this week that show positive signs for the national fishing industry, although local fishermen say New Hampshire should reel in its optimism about the findings.

The reports, “Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013” and “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012,” indicate two fish stocks were rebuilt to target levels last year and that national commercial and recreational saltwater fishing generated more than $199 billion in sales in 2012, a gain of 7 percent over the previous year.

Despite the findings, locals aren’t convinced that the much-maligned industry or fishermen in the Northeast are recovering.

Read more about criticism of the recent NOAA fisheries status report.