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Reactions to the NEFSC Interim Report on the Groundfish Fishery

Last week, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) released the Interim Report for Fishing Year 2010 on the Performance of the Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery (May 2010-January 2011), which examines gross revenues, fishing effort, average vessel performance, distribution of revenues, and employment for the first nine months of the 2007 through 2010 fishing years. As we reported on Talking Fish, the report shows an  increase in gross revenues in 2010 compared to previous years, but since the report does not take into account expenses such as vessel operating costs or the costs associated with joining a sector, the effect of sectors on net revenues in the fishery still remains to be seen.

Here is some additional coverage of the report from various sources:

    • On Thursday, May 12, the day of the report’s release, an Associated Press article covered the report’s major findings, noting that fishing revenues and the prices fishermen received for their catch rose under the new system, but that it is too soon to make any general statement about whether or not sectors are working.
    • That Friday, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network ran a story covering the reactions of environmental groups, fishermen and politicians to the report. The MPBN piece reports the point of view of those who believe sectors are having a positive impact on the fishery, as well as those fishermen who say they are victims of the new system.
    • Today, the NEFMC issued a press release with its leadership’s reaction to the interim report. The release quotes Rip Cunningham, the Chairman of the Council’s Groundfish Committee as saying, “For the first year of a new management system, these results are very encouraging.”

Talking Fish will continue to cover reactions to the NEFSC interim report along with other news about the first full year under the sector system as such information becomes available.



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