TSM - Mayor Jon Mitchell (L) and Congressman William Keating listen during Fishing Forum at Whaling Museum

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and Congressman William Keating heard from members of the Mayor's Task Force on Oceans and Fisheries, during a forum Monday at the Whaling Museum. 

Mayor Mitchell says the industry has spent the last few years reacting to actions by federal regulators. 

He called for more long term planning and offered some examples.

The forum also served as a planning session on re-authorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishing Act, the federal law that governs commercial fishing.

TSM - Audience members particpate during Fishing Forum