Our View: Fishery managers need management | SouthCoastToday.com

UMass Dartmouth’s School of Marine Science and Technology, housed in New Bedford’s South End, wrote the book on scallop surveys. SMAST’s peer-reviewed survey data convinced federal regulators the fishery wasn’t collapsing and that closed areas could be opened and managed for sustainability. The school built on a shoestring budget equipment that showed scallop populations were healthy, in contradiction to data gathered by improperly calibrated government equipment. So we ask: Why squeeze SMAST out of the process by cutting its allocation of Research Set-Aside funds from $500,000 to $100,000?



One Response to Our View: Fishery managers need management | SouthCoastToday.com

  1. borehead says:

    "It's difficult to see the logic behind shifting the set-aside funds from a low-cost, peer-reviewed program to a very high-cost, government-staffed plan that hasn't shared the data, and can't deliver the same degree of accuracy by virtue of the difference in techniques used. It's like going from a bicycle to a Greyhound bus just to get a loaf of bread from the corner store."
    It is untill you sruggle to look a the issue from this little dweebs boss's prspective.
    This creates JOBS. SMAST is a school. They create marine scientists. They still will, but Obama needs every job he can create and this is job creation, even though its more government employee's on the Greyhound bus! Or better yet, Gravy Train!

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