Comments for: Mass. lawmakers join Maine in urging fisheries disaster declaration

Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 6:01 a.m.

The commercial fishing industry has consolidated at an accelerating pace, with higher landings and gross revenues for fewer boats and a lesser number of crew members.

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  • Anonymous

    We told you this would happen.  In a period when we were asked to conserve and set aside huge areas of fishing grounds and make them off-limit, NMFS turns around and allows unobserved mid-water trawling for herring in the closed areas with by-catch limits that exceeded what a full time small and medium sized boat was allowed to catch, they closed 900 square mile blocks of fishing grounds making it very difficult for us to catch the limits and then they turned around and rammed a quota system down everyones throats that rewarded the people that caught the most????? Tell me that is rational.

    • Anonymous

      If you really believe mid water trawlers arethe undoing of this fishery, and the cause of this regulatory, and un natural dillema, you are a lousy student of the New England fishery.
      You can tell me, which you will, that you are a fisherman, and you know what you’re talking about, but I will tell you there are many automobile mechanics that don’t know how to fix cars.

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