On December 11, 2014 NOAA Fisheries announced final revisions to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.
Based on input from the state of Massachusetts, lobster fishermen and other stakeholders, the size of an area scheduled to be closed in 2015 will be expanded by approximately 912 square miles. The closure start date will be shifted from January to February. By expanding the area, whales will be protected. By shifting the start date to February 1, 2015, the fishing industry will be able to continue fishing through the lucrative holiday season. Other measures were implemented to ensure state and federal regulations were consistent. http://www.ofr.gov/(X(1)S(crkn1r4hhhfgw2avqr4renff))/OFRUpload/OFRData/2014-29195_PI.pdf
Newport, RI – November 21, 2014 The following was released by the New England Fishery Management Council: Responding to scientific information that gulf of Maine cod, an inshore stock of fish that has been harvested by local fishermen for generations, has declined to historic low levels, the New England Fishery Management Council (Council, NEFMC) last week voted on new fishing rules to remedy the problem.
While emergency measures put in place last week by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service will likely remain in effect until April 30, 2015, the council’s intent is to replace the agency’s restrictions with those listed beginning on May 1, 2015, the start of the next fishing year. Read more here. NEFMC GOM COD
The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) submitted its request for Exemptions and Modifications to the Whale Plan on August 18th after several meetings with the MLA and industry members to encompass all the industries requests and concerns from across the Commonwealth. The DMF’s letter is following this article for your review. (more…)
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