Fishery Advocates See Disaster in Groundfish Cuts
by Laurie Schreiber
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – At a public meeting, on Aug. 24, of the New England Fishery Management Council’s (NEFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), New Bedford Mayor Jonathan Mitchell presented a letter he and Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk jointly authored asking the SSC to recommend to the NEFMC that no changes be made to current annual catch limits (ACL) in the groundfishery, until there is confidence in the accuracy of the stock assessments.
New Bedford is the nation’s most profitable fishing port, Gloucester is the nation’s oldest.