MA DMF fall 2017 Trawl survey updates

Fixed Gear Fishermen of Massachusetts,
MarineFisheries will be conducting its annual fall trawl survey throughout state coastal waters beginning
September 5, 2017. Surveys have been conducted each May and September since 1978 to provide a consistent
sampling of benthic fishes and mobile invertebrates. Survey data is used to monitor the condition of fish
stocks, as well as to inform the environmental review process that minimizes construction impacts on fisheries
resources. Maintaining access to the planned sampling sites is critical to the integrity of the survey.   READ MORE HERE>>>      

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated and is vital to the effective monitoring of marine resources in the Commonwealth. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact me (matt.camisa@state.ma.us, (508) 990-2860 x 139). If you have any questions about the Marine Fisheries website, Facebook, or Twitter, please contact Story Reed (story.reed@state.ma.us, 617- 626-1524).

 

New England fishermen challenge Obama’s marine national monument

Creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument exceeded the Antiquities Act, which authorizes monuments only on federal land, not the ocean

BOSTON, MA;  March 7, 2017: A coalition of New England fishermen organizations filed suit today over former President Barack Obama’s designation of a vast area of ocean as a national monument — a dictate that could sink commercial fishing in New England. The organizations filing the lawsuit are the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, Rhode Island Fisherman’s Alliance, and Garden State Seafood Association. Listen to Podcast

They are represented, free of charge, by Pacific Legal Foundation, a watchdog organization that litigates nationwide for limited government, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.  READ MORE HERE

Commercial Fishing Organizations Oppose Cashes Ledge and the New England Canyons be designated a National Monument

Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association along with 8 other commercial fishing organizations signed and sent a letter to President Obama opposing the potential designation of the Cashes Ledges and the New England Canyons as a National monument.

Dear Mr. President;             The Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association along with the following organizations: Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Association, Downeast Lobstermen’s Association, Maine Lobstermen’s Union, Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association, Rhode Island Lobstermen’s Association, Gloucester Fisheries Commission and the American Bluefin Tuna Association (Organizations); collectively represent an estimated 10,500 commercial and charter fishermen Read More here.