Thursday, June 01, 2006

New Report Shows Serious ByCatch Problem in NE

A new report by the Marine Fish Conservation Network released today shows that bycatch, or incidental take of non-targeted fish species, is a serious problem here in New England as well as nationally. The report describes how federal fisheries managers have failed to control or even monitor discarded fish as required by law.

The Northeast groundfishery, according to the report, throws away nearly 2 pounds of bycatch for every pound of fish kept and sold. This accounts for 215 million pounds of fish discarded and wasted annually.

This is totally unacceptable and appalling. We need to get the Magnusson/Stevens Act re-authorized in Congress this year, and it needs to address this problem by setting bycatch limits, requiring observers, and allowing public access to the information. -JT

See the report Here

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