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No breaks for the groundfish industry: NMFS institutes crippling cuts for 2013

 GLOUCESTER, MA – The menacing threat that had filled industry members with worry and dread for many months became all too real by the May 1 start of the 2013 groundfish fishing year. The day before, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a flurry of notices announcing final rules and allocations that delivered the …

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Fishing industry rallies to demand aid, MSA flexibility

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 BOSTON, MA – About 300 people, including fishermen and their families from around New England, fish buyers, boat owners, and concerned citizens, attended the Groundfish Industry Rally held at the Boston Fish Pier on April 29.Organized by the Northeast Seafood Coalition (NSC), more than a dozen speakers urged Congress, consumers, and the National Marine Fisheries …

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New England council asks NMFS to modify monkfish emergency action

MYSTIC, CT – The New England Fishery Management Council has asked the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to expeditiously modify its recent monkfish emergency rule so that groundfish fishermen can keep more monkfish while working under a groundfish day-at-sea in the northern area, which covers the Gulf of Maine and northern Georges Bank. The council …

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Tracing fish: Ocean to plate

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POINT JUDITH, RI – As part of a growing trend to connect consumers back to the fish they eat, a group of Rhode Island fishermen, chefs, and supporters got together in 2010 to put local fish on local plates while educating consumers about where it came from. With a strong belief that local fish is …

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NMFS grants redfish exemption but industry calls program ‘unworkable’

 GLOUCESTER, MA – The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has approved an exemption allowing groundfish sector fishermen to use 4-1/2″ mesh to target redfish under 100% observer coverage for the remainder of the 2012 fishing year, which ends April 30. Whether anyone will be able to take advantage of the program, however, remains to be …

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NMFS weighs emergency action to lift northern monkfish trip limits

GLOUCESTER, MA – Groundfish fishermen will be able to land significantly more monkfish during the 2013 fishing year if the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) takes emergency action to “suspend” existing monkfish possession limits in the Northern Fishery Management Area, which covers the Gulf of Maine and northern Georges Bank. The monkfish resource is not …

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SNE/MA winter flounder: A 2013 ‘bright spot’

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PORTSMOUTH, NH – Framework Adjustment 50 to the federal groundfish plan contains a new, industry-supported approach for dealing with Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA) winter flounder. On Jan. 30, the New England Fishery Management Council unanimously approved four motions related to this stock. First, it adopted a new 10-year rebuilding program. Second, it endorsed an acceptable …

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Cod quotas slashed to ‘unviable’ levels

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PORTSMOUTH, NH – The groundfish industry has suffered through far more than its fair share of turbulent chapters over the past two decades – everything from the painful introduction of limited entry in Amendment 5 to the loss of friends who couldn’t see their way through the fleet’s steady downsizing, to the almost anarchy-like uprising …

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Dogfish research reveals migration surprises

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SOUTH KINGSTON, RI – It’s been a long-held belief that spiny dogfish migrate south for the winter and return to New England each spring, so much so that the federal dogfish fishery management plan has long allocated quota based on seasons. However, two recent research studies funded by the Kingston-based Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) …

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Dogfish quota hike hailed, but processors face challenges

PHILADELPHIA, PA — It’s hard to believe that just over a decade ago, the directed commercial fishery for spiny dogfish was eliminated and fishermen in the Northeast were restrained by a 4-million-pound bycatch quota. Now, the fishery is on track to be allocated over 40 million pounds per year for the next three fishing years.  …

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