NOAA Seeks to Maintain Closed Fishing Areas
March 3, 2014
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.