NOAA’s John Bullard to NEFMC on GOM Cod, GOM Haddock, SNE/MA Winter Flounder and Carryover Provisions

We are bound by what the law says, not what it does not say and§ 305(c) is clear on its face that interim rules are limited to no more than 366 days. It continues to be our position, therefore, that to be consistent with the plain meaning of relevant provisions in the MSA, and in light of the clear mandate of the MSA to end overfishing, a second year of interim measures in the case of GOM cod is not justified unless a change in circumstances has created a new emergency situation that would permit such action. At this time there are no new circumstances that would give rise to a new set of interim measures. Read the letter



  • Joel Hovanesian

    Et tu John Bullard?

  • borehead – Moderator

    “Et tu, Brute?” (pronounced [ɛt ˈtuː ˈbruːtɛ]), meaning “And you, Brutus?” (or ‘You too, Brutus?’) is a Latin phrase often used poetically to represent the last words of Roman dictator Julius Caesar to his friend Marcus Brutus at the moment of his assassination. However, there is no evidence that Caesar actually spoke these words, and the fame of the quotation is purely due to Shakespeare’s using them in his play Julius Caesar.[1][2] The quotation is widely used in Western culture to signify the utmost betrayal.