US Senate candidate R.I. State Representative Bobby Nardolillo – Questionable Management of Commercial Fisheries

Point Judith: State Representative Bobby Nardolillo, a GOP Candidate for the US Senate in 2018, made a formal statement today on the plight of the Ocean State’s commercial Fishing industry. In it he concentrated on recent efforts to restrict the federal quotas of Atlantic Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus). The long statement was summed up by Nardolillo this way: “Menhaden is an important species in the commercial catch. Political overseers such as the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have used demonstrably faulty science to needlessly restrict this catch in our waters. Relief from this untenable restriction is needed not only by commercial trawlers but also by ordinary Rhode Islanders who ultimately consume the protein this catch

The Representative has spent time with both the published literature and the men and women who serve in Rhode Island’s commercial fleet. He has learned that environmental advocacy groups often display a bias towards less commercial fishing. “In my opinion.” He said. “That slant on the question may cloud their analysis of studies to favor desired results over more careful or recent data.” Mr. Nardolillo has also referenced the anecdotal evidence of fishermen at sea because of the scientific back-up to those observations which has been offered by other published studies.

“What we have is a substantial body of published scientific work that argues against the very restrictive catch limits being imposed by federal Regulators.” The Rep said, summing things up. In his statement Nardolillo further contends that good political representation of citizens and their industries demands that restrictions on productivity be imposed only after the need for them has been proven. Instead, it appears that environmental interests have overstepped the provable results to advocate for enforcement of unnecessarily burdensome restrictions on commercial activity. “These unrealistic catch quotas cripple the profitability of Rhode Island’s oldest industry.” He said. “What’s more, these restrictions drive up the price of nutrition for all of us by eliminating a plentiful and inexpensive option, by federal fiat.” His conclusion? It’s time to re-think the arbitrary quota restrictions imposed by federal regulators.

Bobby Nardolillo is a working Rhode Islander, born and bred, who is taking time out to run for the US Senate because of his conviction that government at all levels has failed its taxpaying constituents. He intends to build on his two terms in the General Assembly to bring both legislative experience and new blood to Washington, DC. Follow his campaign on the web at, or on Facebook at ‘Bobby 4 Senate 2018.’