NOAA Allows Quota Carryovers into 2013 Fishing Year
Depending on your point of view, it could be good news for fishermen. NOAA is allowing fishermen to carry over 10% of any unused quotas from the 2012 fishing year into the 2013 fishing year.
Jim Kendall, President of New Bedford Seafood Consulting sees it differently, since lousy weather over the past few months has prevented many fishermen from reaching their allocations.
Kendall expects some sort of reduction in the 2013 catch allocations to make up for the carried over quotas.
In a written statement, NOAA Northeast Regional Administrator John Bullard says the only exception to the carryovers is Gulf of Maine cod, which is only allowed a 2% carryover from unused quotas in order to prevent overfishing of low stocks in those fishing grounds.