OPINION|Phil Paleologos: Bullard’s Wrongheaded Assessment
John Bullard is a likable guy. I know him to be an attentive listener and someone who must be applauded for his revitalization efforts through local historic preservation. But over the past five years, as one of five regional fisheries administrators of NOAA, John Bullard has made some wayward decisions, from imposing a moratorium on fishing cod to responding to the Carlos Rafael scam.
With little signaling, he sent shock waves through the fishing community when he announced he was prohibiting 60 permit holders connected with Rafael from going out to sea until next May and perhaps beyond that! Bullard was not willing to listen to all the parties who are losing millions and millions of dollars in our local economy. He told the Boston Globe, "That's something the sector should have thought about when they were failing to do their job." So much for his so-called inspirational essay in the Boston Globe appealing to our better angels.
John Bullard is more concerned with the debt that must be paid by our local sector for the unknown number of species overfished rather than the job-killing measures he approved!
He'll be retiring soon. It couldn't be soon enough for our fishing industry.
Editor’s Note: Phil Paleologos is the morning talk show host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6am-10am. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.