ANALYSIS: Why are fishermen angry about the new cod quotas if they can’t catch cod anyway?

logoIn the wake of Wednesday’s  vote by the New England Fishery Management Council to slash cod catch  rates by 77% in the Gulf of Maine and by 55% in Georges Bank,the  question arose: “Why, if the fishermen can’t find fish anyway, do they care if the quota is cut?”  Saving Seafood interviewed fishermen,  industry members, and scientists to pose that question, and compiled their answers.  The result follows: Read more

  • As the facts show, there aren’t any cod on Stellwagen today BECAUSE OF THE CATCH SHARES SCAM! Before the scam we didn’t have 80 foot draggers, and we didn’t have cape cod hook whores fishing without limits. With these features of the catch shares scam, these 2 groups wiped out the cod population that was rebuilt over years of restrictions and 800 pound limits. Limits which limited the fishermen to small local operations. The same guys that have been wiped out by this catch shares scam.