Senators Warren, Cowan Attend Fishing Roundtable In New Bedford
A Fishing Roundtable in New Bedford on Wednesday, with fishermen discussing issues with Senators Elizabeth Warren, William “Mo” Cowan, and Congressman Bill Keating.
The concerns centered around how the catch allocations planned for May 1 will devestate the industry, the need for reasonable changes in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and better science to help government regulators make their decisions.
Senator Warren says she’ll push hard on the science issue….
One industry leader suggested a one year moratorium on catch limits to allow the government to come up with ways to improve science.
One dock-side worker said three years ago, New Bedford was home to 200 working fishing vessels, but since the catch share system was enacted three years ago, that number is down to 26.