Your View: SMAST owes answers to the industry – Attorney Harvey B. Mickelson, general counsel to the American Scallop Association

sct logoRegarding your editorial of Feb. 13, “Our View: SMAST poised to bring valuable change,” which began: “One element that will be absolutely necessary on the path to sustainable fisheries is trust, and one that must be absolutely avoided is that one group or person can supply the solution.” I absolutely agree, but what was not defined was — under the current UMass Dartmouth and SMAST leadership — how the seafood industry or anyone else can trust a person or entity that for months has been secretive in its future plans for the fishing industry or in describing any agreements it has negotiated with NOAA, which supposedly sets the tone for SMAST and federal back-scratching for the future. continued

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