Title

Management of commercial fisheries, implemented after fishing has begun, serves

Authors

Paul Greenberg

Source

Down East

Date

9-1-2010

Pages

84-85, 104-106

Abstract

Management of commercial fisheries, implemented after fishing has begun, serves to stabilize numbers at low levels, rather than the fisheries' original levels. Marine scientist and former cod fisherman Ted Ames won a MacArthur grant in 2005 for an historical reconstruction of the cod fishery. Through interviews with old-timers and other methods, he concluded that abandoned cod grounds must become populated for the Gulf of Maine stock to be rebuilt. The ancestral grounds could be recolonized, but not with the current plan, which would rebuild only the offshore cod fishery and give permits to large fishing companies. He proposes giving a voice to small-scale fishermen, a model used successfully by Maine's lobster fishery, and making permits contingent on knowledge of fisheries ecology.

Subjects

Fisheries

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