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


Baystate Wind (Dong Energy) area in BLUE – Geotechnical survey to start approximately on October 7, 2016
Estimated duration 15 days (weather permitting) Fishermen are requested to provide RV Fugro Synergy a wide berth of one half-mile. Passing vessels are requested to reduce speed if possible. A local Fishing Industry Representative (FIR) will act as the onboard fisheries point of contact advising the vessel master. Fishermen working in the Survey Area are encouraged to call and coordinate activities in order to avoid conflicts.
Steve Welch, FIR, aboard RV Fugro Synergy -Bridge VSAT phone or VHF channel 16- Notice To Mariners – Bay State Wind –
Long form – Notice to Mariners Bay State  -RV Fugro Synergy- 340 ft. Flag: Bahamas- Bridge VSAT phone: 011 31 107 130 581
Vessel satellite phone: 1 713 714 5894- Standing by on VHF channel 16

Life as a Fisherman’s Daughter

“My family owns an offshore lobster company on Cape Cod.” I say as I introduce myself to a group of colleagues in Boston.

“Oh cool, so your dad is a fisherman?” Someone replies.  No.  It goes far beyond that. Not only was my dad a valedictorian at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but has a degree in extreme weather, a graduate degree in the Atlantic Ocean, and a PHD in functioning efficiently on 3 hours a sleep for over twenty years.  There is a certain stigma that lies behind being a “fisherman” or a “lobsterman”. And as I’ve gotten 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.