Council OKs monitors on all fishing trips
Fishermen off hook for spending them for 4 years
PAUL BILODEAU/Staff picture. The fishing vessel Morning Star makes its way back into port off of Eastern Point in Gloucester with the wind from Wednesday’s storm, which was starting to move out of the area.
The newest England Fishery Management Council voted setting a future target of 100% monitoring coverage on sector-base groundfish vessels, however it seems to have discovered an approach to do so without straight away sinking the spot’s fleet economically.
The council, deliberating online via webinar on Amendment 23, overwhelmingly authorized the movement because of its alternative that is preferred of% coverage degree for sector vessels into the Northeast Multispecies groundfish fishery.
Nevertheless the motion, crafted via early morning and afternoon of rulemaking in the fly, included a very important caveat for fishermen: the location’s commercial groundfish harvesters probably will not need to pay the entire prices for the monitoring for the first four years the amendment is with in impact or so long as supporting federal funds last.
In line with the approved measure, the commercial fishing industry will get federal reimbursements, or cash off their federal mechanisms, for 100% of these electronic monitoring expenses and 100% of the at-sea monitoring expenses in the first four fishing years the amendment is in effect. […]