Tag Archives: New England Fishery Management Council meeting

NOAA Officials May Be Illegally Deleting Skype and Google Chat conversations

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) might illegally be destroying records of a recent meeting discussing new regulations against the fishing industry, according to a conservative legal group in Washington, D.C. Cause of Action Institute (CoA) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the NOAA to obtain communications during a New England Fishery Management Council meeting hashing out new rules foisted upon the country’s fishing industry. The group believes the agency is deleting Skype and Google Chat conversations that took place during the April meeting. The NOAA General Counsel considers communications through Google Chat to be off the record and will not be recorded anyway, according to a 2012 handbook guide CoA obtained. CoA disputed the agency’s claim, and pointed to provisions within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The NARA, which maintains government records, states that any communications created on NOAA’s Gmail interface qualify under the Federal Records Act. CoA Institute requested e-mails, instant messaging, Google chat messages, text messages, and any Skype messages NOAA employees sent during the April 18–20, 2017 NEFMC meetings. click here to read the story 16:32

GET ON THE DAMNED BUS!

logoIndustry Members Urged to Attend Dec. 20 New England Council Meeting;

Bus to Leave from New Bedford at 6:30am

 December 17, 2012 — The Northeast Seafood Coalition is urging  industry members to attend the December 20, 2012 New England Fishery  Management Council meeting during which the Council is scheduled to take  final action on Framework 48 to its Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish)  Fishery Management Plan. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the  Sheraton Colonial Hotel, One Audubon Road in Wakefield, MA.

In order to assist fishermen and industry members from Southeastern  Massachusetts who would like to attend, a bus will depart from BASE New  England’s New Bedford facility (Whaling City Auction) at 62 Hassey  Street, New Bedford MA 02740 at 6:30 am on the 20th. Industry members should let the Council know how will the proposed  reductions affect you and your family, your business, your crew, and  your community. With proposed cuts in the Gulf of Maine and Georges  Bank, every segment of the fleet and industry will be negatively  impacted by reductions. Have your voice heard on record if you expect  these reductions to have economic and social impacts for you, your crew,  your community, and/or the fleet as a whole.