Fishermen have been stating this for years! It's all about our politicians and big businesses profiting! Don't bite the hands that feed you unless it lines your pockets! The large menhaden fish companies that take to much are the blame in addition to climate change!
We call them pogeys on the cape cod canal area, we don't see much of them, but when and if they show the bass and blue fish show are not for behind. Make them just like river herring, do not take.
I enjoyed this well-written (with sly humor) opinion piece. I wish that NE had access to the kind of funding that allows strong data-based fisheries management like we have in Alaska. It's unfortunate, as the author says, that further agency funds will be spent on addressing the Senator's questions rather than on real problem solving.