Kerry proves lone fed voice on disaster call By Richard Gaines GDT

The U.S. Commerce Department’s assertion is correct that “diminished fish stocks” played a role in the descent of the Lubchenco into a disaster under the watch of President Obama’s nominee, Jane Lubchenco, as chief administrator over oceans and atmosphere, most believe. Even more certain is that the causes of the disaster are murkier and far more complex than that Even more certain is that the causes of of the disaster are murkier and far more complex than that.  But in announcing the decision Thursday to grant Gov. Deval Patrick and his colleagues governing New York and the other four New England fishing states the disaster finding that had been the object of increasingly desperate pleas dating back to last Nov. 15, the Commerce Department made sure questions could not be asked not of Roberta Blank,the acting secretary; and not of Lubchenco  Read More




One Response to Kerry proves lone fed voice on disaster call By Richard Gaines GDT

  1. borehead says:

    Look how far we've come!

    March 30, 2010

    New trawl data shows more fish

    But use of new vessel seen as clouding data comparisons

    By Richard Gaines

    The first bottom trawl survey with the new $60 million research ship, the Henry B. Bigelow, and redesigned gear has produced "higher catch rates for nearly all species" throughout Middle Atlantic and New England waters, according results newly published by the federal fisheries service.

    But the Bigelow with its new trawl technology was designed to catch more fish than the 45-year-old Albatross IV it replaced.

    So the results by themselves provide no new scientific insights into the status of East Coast fisheries, government and industry experts say.

    Still, the first published trawl survey results from the Bigelow and new trawling technology — created in a cooperative project between government and industry — are landmarks, according to Jimmy Ruhle, a commercial fisherman and industry expert in trawl gear and surveys.

    Ruhle said he believed the industry will have confidence in the surveys by the 208-foot Bigelow, because of the way the trawl survey technology was developed.

    "The Bigelow is using a trawl that is much more accepted by the industry," said Ruhle, who fishes from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. "We're in a new era — the Bigelow era."

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