Tag Archives: Gloucester fisherman Al Cottone

Fishermen to managers: Our voices are ignored

The New England Fishery Management Council sent its program review roadshow to Gloucester on Tuesday night to gather opinions on the council’s performance and the fishery managers were not spared the lash. The comments delivered Tuesday night at the sparsely attended meeting at the state Division of Marine Fisheries Annisquam Station facility certainly were not new, at least not to anyone who has spent any time speaking with local fishermen about life under the regulatory gaze of the council. They revolved around a strong belief among local fishermen that management decisions affecting the fishery are made well before the council convenes its public meetings and the scientific data and on-the-water-expertise of local fishermen are ignored or demeaned when it comes to forming policy. click here to read the story 21:37

Summertime means whiting in Ipswich Bay

whitingIn early July, (Heather Atwood) spoke to Gloucester fisherman Al Cottone, executive director of Gloucester Fisheries Commission, at the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives offices after his fourth day of fishing for whiting. A strapping, dark-haired, 50-year-old, Cottone confessed he was beat. He’s not used to the unrelenting action that fishing for whiting demands anymore. Cottone has been fishing since he was 17, and has never had any other kind of work. But his ground fish quota this year, allocated by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was pared down to almost nothing: This means two things: Cottone cannot catch enough fish to make a living, unless he begins leasing quota from other fishermen, which has added costs. (Cottone says that many fishermen are so fed up, or they are just leasing their allocated quota to the few fishermen left, and finding other work.) It also means Cottone is out of shape; he just hasn’t had enough fishing practice recently. But Cottone loves fishing for whiting. Read the story here 10:58