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New York Aquarium claims fishing groups distorted stance on Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary

I am writing to correct the mischaracterization of the position and intentions of the Wildlife Conservation Society and its New York Aquarium regarding a proposed Hudson Canyon National Marine Sanctuary as reported in the Press. Contrary to the comments by Garden State Seafood Association Executive Director Greg DiDomenico (April 7 click here) and Recreational Fishing Alliance Executive Director Jim Donofrio (April 17 click here), WCS has always held that fishing in the proposed sanctuary should continue and that management authority should remain under the purview of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and other existing fisheries authorities. We remain committed to this position and to addressing the concerns of the fishing community. In addition to affirming our support for continued fishing in Hudson Canyon, we have also argued that there are pressing habitat threats that a sanctuary status would address. click here to read the story 18:02

New Jersey anglers criticize disaster relief funding

Tom Fote, of the Jersey Coast Anglers Association, has blamed the regional manager for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries for moving most of the money to New England. Donofrio said New England commercial fishermen have consistently overfished and are now being rewarded for it. He noted the $33 million is not going to the beleaguered charter and for-hire sector in New England. Read more here  pressofatlanticcity.com 08:14

We ran this on Feb 28th – Out in Left Field – “and their Senate leaders reward them with $33 million in fisheries welfare”??? Read comments here

Recreational Fishing Alliance honors Florida congressman

Southerland will receive an award for being a champion of the fishing industry, Recreational Fishing Alliance executive director Jim Donofrio said in a statement. “Mr. Southerland’s honesty, integrity and candor have been welcomed traits in the fisheries debate in Washington, D.C., especially in the face of some very tough opposition from the radical zealots who would prefer to trample on America’s public access rights to healthy and sustainable natural resources,” Donofrio said.