This Week on TalkingFish.org – November 4-8

Leah Fine

November 4 – The Magnuson-Stevens Act is Working in New England – This morning, stakeholders met with Senator Begich of Alaska, Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey, and other members of the New England congressional delegation for a listening session on fisheries. Panel members included a number of industry representatives, fishermen, scientists, and local stakeholders. The panel discussed topics ranging from the ten-year rebuilding requirements in the Magnuson-Stevens Act to the economic condition of the fleet to the development of electronic monitoring technologies. Conservation Law Foundation’s Peter Shelley delivered this testimony.

November 7 – Scallopers Haul Back a Short-Sighted Vision – Perhaps the most interesting and troubling testimony coming from Senator Warren’s recent fish disaster hearing in Boston came from the scallop industry representatives. On paper this is the most valuable federal fishery in the U.S.—average large boat gross revenues in 2011 were $1,728,000 for about 75 days at sea with trip costs of about $2,000 per day. With this record of financial success, along with the constant reminder that New Bedford is the highest revenue grossing port in the nation, it’s odd that industry reps painted two different pictures.

November 8 – Fish Talk in the News – Friday, November 8 – In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, Senators Begich and Warren hold a listening session with fishing industry representatives; the Small Business Administration agrees to provide economic disaster loans to Massachusetts fishermen; NOAA raises groundfish possession limits for common pool vessels; NMFS extends the comment period on new bluefin rules; Maine launches an investigation into welfare fraud by elver fishermen; Maryland’s eel fishery is hurt by Maine’s glass eel harvest; fishermen fight a bill to limit commercial striped bass fishing; a Maryland judge denies a request to reopen menhaden fishing.

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