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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, February 1

Protection for habitat areas like Cashes Ledge was frequently debated in 2013 (Photo credit: Brian Skerry/NEOO)

  • Discussion at the Council also focused on NOAA’s statement that they will be able to cover just half of the cost of at-sea monitoring for the groundfish fleet next year due to budget constraints. Fishermen argue the cost of government fisheries monitors—which reaches many hundreds of dollars per day and can significantly cut into revenues—is an unfair burden on an already struggling fleet. Fishermen have asked John Bullard to request funds from Congress to pay for the monitoring.
  • On Thursday, discussion at the Council focused on the ongoing development of an Omnibus Habitat Amendment. The Council tasked the Closed Area Technical Team with identifying areas for potential closures based on concentrations of juvenile fish and spawning activity, leading some to complain these actions did not adequately take the age structure of fish populations into account.

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