Federal restrictions hit recreational fishermen

Atlantic cod-John Bullard, Northeast regional administrator at NOAA, said he believes the scientists working with NOAA and who came to the recent conclusions about cod should be fairly acknowledged by the fishermen. Their studies are peer reviewed, he said, meaning they’ve been examined and approved by scientists familiar with the subject not involved with the study directly. He said he sympathizes with the fishermen and others impacted by the economic hit the regulations are causing, but he believes the restrictions are necessary.  Read the rest here 09:34

  • Ec Newell Man

    It is pretty apparent that there is no saving GOM for-hire and recreational fishermen…….

    “I’m not a scientist, but I listen when scientists (speak) and they publish their papers and it’s peer reviewed, and they say there’s 3 to 4 percent (of historical biomass remaining),” Bullard said. “If David wants to write an article and have it peer reviewed, then I’ll listen to him. But until then, I think I’m going to rely on peer reviewed science for my science.”

    In the immortal words of Colonel Trautman in Rambo, and a line I keep telling those who ask, “It’s over Johnny. It’s over!”