Tagged regional fishery management councils

Fish Talk in the News – Friday, January 11

In this week’s Fish Talk in the News, regional fishery management councils continue to operate during government shutdown; Massachusetts seeks to expand lobster processing; U.S. House Democrats file bills to stop offshore drilling and exploration; and Outer Cape Cod communities to partner on shark study. … More Info »

Congress, Catch Shares, and the Councils

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives held a spirited debate and ultimately voted for an appropriations rider that prohibits NOAA, NMFS and the councils from developing new catch shares management plans on the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. While this debate was focused on catch shares as a means of management, which has been a lightning rod of controversy lately, the message it sends to the councils is far more concerning. If Representatives Frank (D-MA), Southerland (R-FL) and others are upset about how catch shares are being implemented in particular fisheries, the appropriate response should be to focus on addressing the issues in those specific fisheries and regions. … More Info »