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NOAA Fisheries Approves Amendment 18 to Address Fleet Consolidation in Groundfish Fishery

NOAA Fisheries has approved Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The Amendment establishes permit accumulation limits to minimize fleet consolidation in the groundfish fishery. Amendment 18 limits the number of permits and annual groundfish allocation that an entity could hold. Also, to increase fishing opportunities and promote fleet diversity, Amendment 18 increases flexibility for fishermen on limited-access handgear vessels. Read the final rule as published in the Federal Register, and the permit holder letter posted on our website.Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or jennifer.goebel@noaa.gov

NEFMC and NMFS Seek Comments on Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

The New England Fishery Management Council has been developing  Amendment 18 to the for several years. The notice of availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Amendment 18 published today in the Federal Register. The DEIS is open for comments through August 31. More information, including dates and times of public meetings, is available on our website and on the Council’s website Read the rest here 15:41

Cart Before the Horse – Access and Diversity in Fisheries – NEFMC and Amendment 18

The council, one of eight  national bodies established in 1976 by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery  Conservation and Management Act, abandoned in 2009 its former Days at  Sea policy that strictly controlled the number of trips vessels could  take in search of their target species. They introduced a new regulatory  model based instead on catch shares that, through autonomous ?sector  management,? would reduce the competitive pressure to overfish. However, one of the consequences of sector management has been the  overaccumulation of catch-quotas by larger fishing fleets and the  subsequent decline of coastal fishermen who operate inshore vessels. more@slowfood.com 12:10

Small-boat fleet rallies to defend diversity – Seeks limits on fishing industry consolidation

Looking around the room, Chaprales, who is 26, made a plea for solidarity. “You guys,” he said, “have been fishing 25, 45 years. I want to be able to do what you guys have done – make a living catching fish. You guys have been fighting the battle for so long – hang in there and fight with us a little bit longer.” continue

Small time fishermen fight for their survival

BREWSTER —Just as big eat the little fish in the sea, Cape Cod’s fishing fleet is being  swallowed by larger pockets that are buying the available quota of cod and other  catch. Can the small family-owned boats survive or will the remaining fishermen  wind up as sharecroppers for someone else’s fleet? “It would be nice to think if we wanted to go fishing we didn’t have to work  for anybody else but with consolidation it doesn’t seem to be going that way,”  said Jason Amaru, who fishes ground fish put of Chatham. Read more

NSC Statement Clarifying Position On Amendment 18

 The Northeast Seafood Coalition is pleased to provide the following comments on the Amendment 18 scoping document. This cites 2 objectives identified by the Council for Amendment 18:

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