Category Archive: Groundfish

NAFO offers new opportunities for US fishermen

GLOUCESTER, MA – Fishing in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Regulatory Area is making a slow comeback from the days when US vessels fished the Grand Banks back in the 1960s and 70s. The Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-based NAFO is one of a dozen intergovernmental ocean regulatory organizations established by a convention of sovereign states …

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New England council initiates Groundfish FW57;  selects A23 monitoring range of alternatives

PORTLAND, ME – At its Jun. 18-21 meeting, the New England Fishery Management Council refined the purpose and need statement for Amendment 23 (A23) adjustment to the groundfish monitoring program, and initiated Framework Adjustment 57 (FW57) to the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan. With one exception, the two actions complete the 2017 priorities list …

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Gulf of Maine: Pierce forces debate on inshore/offshore areas

MYSTIC, CT – In a stunning turn of events, the New England Fishery Management Council has decided to allow further consideration of new proposals for Amendment 18 to the groundfish plan that would create a different playing field for vessels fishing in the inshore vs. offshore portions of the Gulf of Maine. During its April …

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