New England Fisheries Management Council tees up habitat talks – No matter what the council decides, NOAA will have the final say

gdt iconIf recent events are any indication, the federal agency feels no particular compunction to follow the lead of the eight regional fishery management councils that advise it and serve as the doorstep to fisheries regulation and management. Just last week, NOAA disregarded an overwhelming vote by the NEFMC in late 2012 that would have reopened five areas in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank to commercial fishermen and instead decreed that the areas will remain closed. [email protected]  03:21