Quotas, Consolidation Pounds N.E. Fleet
by Brett Tolley, Aaron Dority, and Phil Karlin
“I have witnessed first hand the “excessive consolidation” of various fisheries and can say that it most definitely is one of those disastrous changes that allows big money operations to eat up and buy out the independently-owned small family business at the expense of our local communities as well as the conservation of our oceans…”
– New York fisherman June 23 Council testimony
On June 23, the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) met in Portland, Maine. Fishermen’s testimony from New York, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island raised concern over the socio-economic shortcomings of Groundfish Amendment 16 (the new sector management plan adopted by NEFMC), and how those shortcomings could undermine the ecological objectives of the Amendment.