Fishery Council Approves Actions To Protect Declining Cod

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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 MLA supports the division of marine fisheries request to national marine fisheries service for exemptions and modifications on whale plan.

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…)