RI Delegation Commends Mid on Squid, introduce legislation in House and Senate – The Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act

After the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) recently voted 16-4 against a proposed squid buffer zone framework off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts that would have negatively impacted Rhode Island fishermen, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline commended the council. And this week Reed introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate and Langevin introduced identical legislation in U.S. House of Representatives to give Rhode Island a seat at the council table going forward so that the state and local fishermen have a direct say over matters that impact them. The Rhode Island Fishermen’s Fairness Act, which is cosponsored by Whitehouse and Cicilline, would add Rhode Island to the list of seven states with voting representation on the MAFMC, click here to read press release 19:42

  • James Catfish

    Can someone explain Why the RI politicos dont elaborate on HOW RI fisherman are disadvantaged during the council process. He says RI catches the lions share of the quotas..Sounds like a pretty good deal.. They have an overly outspoken new england council liaison..As well multiple respected industry reps who do a great job representing industry needs at each and every meeting.
    Sometimes devils you dont know are far worse than the devils we do know.. maybe EDF would weasil their way into a seat.
    Plus we all know, the decisions are made behind closed doors, which the aforementioned parties are always at.