Recommendations Could Diminish Fishing Protections
June 24, 2015
Recent recommendations made by the New England Fisheries Management Council would diminish many current fishing protections, according to an article on EcoRI.org.
Cashes Ledge, a pristine marine habitat in the Gulf of Maine, will maintain its protected status, but large swaths of other habitat in New England waters are one step closer to losing protection from various types of fishing gear.
The council met last week to vote on its recommended approach to habitat protection in New England waters. The council’s recommendations will eventually be considered by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), which has the option to approve, disapprove or partially approve them.