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By Laurie Schreiber
MYSTIC, CT – Protection for inshore groundfishermen took a blow when the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) failed to impose a sufficient limit on the amount of quota individuals can accumulate.
That was the consensus among many fishermen and other community members after NEFMC voted on a 15 percent limit as a preferred alternative in draft Amendment 18 to the groundfish management plan, at their April 21 meeting.
Amendment 18 is still in process, with May 1, 2016 tentatively scheduled for implementation of measures.
If the NEFMC recommendation is finalized, the limit means one fisherman can buy 15 percent of fishing quota for the groundfish stocks.
Fishermen said they fear that could potentially leave the fishery in the hands of just seven fishermen, each with 15 percent of fishable quota.