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Lynch: NOAA Uses “Guesswork” To Determine Catch Limits

Mass. Congressman and candidate for U-S Senate Stephen Lynch is siding with fishermen in their ongoing conflict with the fishing regulators at NOAA.

Speaking Thursday on WBSM, Democrat Lynch called on NOAA to make a real effort to improve the science they use to set catch limits

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NOAA To Allow More Monkfish To Be Caught

Federal fishing regulators are announcing another measure to try to lessen the impact of New England's steep cuts in catch limits.
 
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday that it's proposing increasing the monkfish catch for certain fishermen who work an area off northern New England

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tsm -  New Bedford fishing boats
tsm - New Bedford fishing boats

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

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copas43,flickr

Dockside Monitoring Has Been Approved For New Bedford Company

A New Bedford Company, AIS Inc., has been approved by NOAA Fisheries to provide at-sea and dockside monitoring services for the 2013 fishing year, which begins on May 1, 2013.

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NOAA Re-Opens Georges Bank Sectors

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is re-opening areas of Georges Bank previously closed to fishermen for 22 years.

In a written statement, NOAA's Marjorie Mooney-Seus says fishermen will be able to target abundant stocks of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs in Georges Bank as soon as next month

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Fishing Boats

Feds Close Scallop Area

The federal fisheries service has closed an important scallop area to fishing at the request of New England regulators and with the support of the scallop industry.

The closure of the so-called ``Elephant Trunk Area'' aims to protect growing scallops there

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Center for American Progress, flickr

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco Resigning

Many in the area have called for her resignation, and now the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is stepping down. Dr. Jane Lubchenco announced her intent to resign today.

In a written statement, Lubchenco says she has decided to return to her family on the West Coast at the end of February

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TSM

Feds to Delay Porpoise Closure in Gulf of Maine

The Northeast's top federal fisheries manager says he'll delay a planned shutdown of a key fishing area after fishermen argued the closure to protect harbor porpoises would devastate an industry segment

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Fishermen Share Concerns With New NOAA Administrator

John Bullard, the new Northeast Adminstrator for NOAA says the industry may have to live with the catch shares system, but he wants to see it working better.

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NOAA: New Bedford Again Top Dollar-Value Fishing Port In Nation

For the 12th consecutive year New Bedford is the top commercial fishing port in the nation with a valued catch of $369 million.

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