NOAA Seeks to Maintain Closed Fishing Areas

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Gloucester Times: NOAA Regional Director John Bullard, in a letter to the New England Fishery Management Council, indicated the federal agency will not stand with fishing advocates in their preference for opening up a greater portion of Stellwagen Bank as part of the new rules being drafted to determine where commercial fishermen will be allowed to fish beginning in the winter of 2015-16.

The fishing advocates have voiced a preference for the alternative that would reduce the current closed habitat management area known as “Stellwagen Large” by half, in effect opening up a much greater portion of the fishing area to commercial fishing.

Read more about NOAA’s stance on closed fishing areas.