One year after significant changes to the management of New England's groundfish
One year after significant changes to the management of New England's groundfish fishery, some see improvement, while others are unhappy. In May 2010, an amendment to the federal Magnuson-Stevens Act of 1976 transformed the Northeast fishery management system from a "days-at-sea" model to a sector model in which organized sectors divvy up their allocated share of the annual catch limit amongst their members. This model is a new attempt to rebuild depleted fish stocks. Some fishermen are earning more under the new system, despite catching lower volumes of fish but other fishermen say that their share of the allotment is not large enough to earn a living.Includes graphs and tables representing active groundfish vessels in the Northeast, average price of groundfish 2007-2010, trading of allocation, total landings and revenue for all Northeast fishery trips 2007-2010, and catch of overfished stock. Sidebar discussing legal challenges against the current sector management system and the impact of a federal budget amendment on fisheries management.
Farwell, Jackie, "One year after significant changes to the management of New England's groundfish" (2011). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 5449.