We Need Comprehensive Fisheries Legislation: The Fish Bill – Sam Parisi, Gloucester, Mass.

manatthewheelI come from a long line of fishermen spanning three generations and although I am retired, I remain committed to the fishing industry, and will continue to do so, which is the reason I stay involved in politics. Back in the late 1970s I was appointed as chairman of The North Atlantic Task Force by than Governor Mike Dukakis. We brought the Canadians to Court for unfair exports of fresh fish  into the USA ,we won the case. Back in the early 1960s before the 200 mile limit, I fished alongside Russian factory ships who raped our fisheries using small mesh nets. In 1977 we got relief when Senators Warren Magnuson and Gerry Studds penned the nations first fisheries management plan and ushered in the 200 mile limit. The Magnuson Act was the worlds first fisheries management plan that used biological targets to manage the fisheries. Read the essay here 18:30