40 years of change: For fishing industry, the spring of 1976 was the start of a new era

When you talk about fishing here in New Bedford, you have to start with the whaling era — and the lessons learned. For decades, the pursuit of whaling chugged along without any dramatic changes. The ships, the equipment, the culture remained essentially the same for years, feeding countless families, lining countless pockets … until the bonanza ran out and the industry collapsed in the early part of the 20th century, never to be revived. The fishing industry, both local and national, might have fallen into that same trap, but 40 years ago the U.S. government changed the game, adopting the most sweeping changes in the laws governing fisheries that reverberates to this day. On April 13, 1976, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act was passed and immediately accomplished two major goals. Read the story here 00:32

One Response to 40 years of change: For fishing industry, the spring of 1976 was the start of a new era

  1. Rocky Novello says:

    Our American Fisheries, has not been Americanized , IT’ BEEN GOVERNMENT-IZED BY N.O.A.A.and Environmental groups !!!
    When I first started fishing ,in Gloucester, Ma. , there was 2500 fishermen fishing , N.O.A.A. had a staff of 3 people working in their office . Now there is 2500 people working for N.O.A.A. in Gloucester office and I DON’T BELIEVE there is 100 fishermen left today fishing for ground-fish in Gloucester ??

    Our government says, FOR THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE !!!

    I DON’T THINK SO !!! WHAT DO YOU THINK ????

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