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You Can Help Regulate the Industrial Mid Water Trawl Fleet

 

Take Action Today

Submit a Public Comment

 

Written Public Comments must be received on or before

5pm EST Monday April 9, 2012:

 

Email: Comments@nefmc.org,

Subject: Comments on Draft Amendment 5

 

Attn: Comments on Draft Amendment 5

Paul J. Howard, Executive Director

New England Fishery Management Council

50 Water Street Mill #2

Newburyport MA 01950

 

Attend a Public Hearing

 

 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MA DMF Annisquam River Station

30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sheraton Harborside Hotel

250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Seaport Inn

110 Middle Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Holiday Inn By the Bay

88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor

180 Water Street, Plymouth MA 02360

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn

One Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886

7:00 – 9:00 pm

 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Congress Hall Hotel

251 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204

7:00 – 9:00 p

 

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The New England Fisheries Management Council Amendment 5 Public Comment Document is 83 Pages and the full Amendment 5 Draft Environmental Impact Statement is 530 pages. Both of these documents can be found on the Atlantic Herring pages of the NEFMC web site: www.nefmc.org

 

Honest By Catch humbly suggests that you consider the following information as you choose your words and formulate your own comments, both for the public hearings & in your very important written comment letters & emails.

 

Critical Alternatives That Must Be Approved in Amendment 5:

 

NEFMC must approve a comprehensive monitoring and management reform program that brings greater accountability and oversight to the industrial trawl fleet. At minimum, the following actions must be approved:

 

• Honest By Catch supports Section 3.2.1.2 Alternative 2

100 percent at-sea monitoring on all midwater trawl fishing trips (i.e., Category A& B vessels) in order to provide reliable estimates of all catch, including bycatch of depleted river herring and other marine life

 

• Honest By Catch supports Section 3.2.3.4 Alternative 4D

An accountability system to discourage the wasteful dumping of catch, including a fleet-wide allowance of five slippage events for each herring management area, after which any slippage event would require a return to port

 

• Honest By Catch supports Section 3.4.4 Alternative 5

No herring mid water trawling in areas established to promote rebuilding of ground fish populations

 

• Honest By Catch supports Section 3.3.5, if modified to require immediate implementation of a river herring catch cap

An immediate catch limit, or cap, on the total amount of river herring caught in the Atlantic herring fishery

 

• Honest By Catch supports Section 3.1.5 Option 2

A requirement to accurately weigh and report all catch is essential to any monitoring system

 

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After all the bro ha-ha I still have not seen any documentation that shows how much river herring these guys actually harvest...........

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The following text is taken from a letter sent by ASMFC to NEFMC on March 30 2009. Please note the sec ion I highlighted in BOLD. The original letter can be found on both the ASMFC and NEFMC web site buried in the hundreds of pages of documents related to Amendment 5.

 

 

Bycatch of River Herring

Recent work by Maine Dept. of Marine Resources estimates that the average amount of river herring bycatch in the directed Atlantic herring fishery could be equal to total landings from the entire in-river directed fishery on the Atlantic coast (Table 1), with high occurrences in Block Island Sound, Southern New England (SNE) and around Cape Cod during Quarter 1 and around Cape Cod and off Cape Ann during Quarter 4.

• Preliminary work by Maine Dept. of Marine Resources estimates that the average annual amount of bycatch and discards in small mesh bottom trawl fisheries (shrimp, hake (whiting), squid, scup, black sea bass, mackerel) could be of a similar magnitude to the directed Atlantic herring fishery (Table 2), with high occurrences around Cape Cod and southern New England during Quarters 1 and 4.

• Given the limited understanding of how river herring school while at sea, as well as the status of river herring population, even incidental take of river herring that is less than five percent of the total catch, by weight, could potentially have serious negative impacts on local stocks.

• Over 3,800 letters expressing concern over river herring bycatch and supporting efforts to reduce bycatch in the Atlantic herring fishery were received during the public comment period of AMSFC Amendment 2 to the Shad and River Herring FMP.

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What do Striped Bass, Cod, Haddock, Tuna, River Herring and Shad all have in common. They all have some relationship to Atlantic Herring. My largest concern is that this fleet is collapsing the atlantic herring stock, never mind it's obvious negative impact on the species that rely on it for various purposes.

 

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After all the bro ha-ha I still have not seen any documentation that shows how much river herring these guys actually harvest...........

 

try

http://nefmc.org/herring/planamen/draft_a5/public%20hearings/Draft%20AM%205%20FOR%20PUBLIC%20HEARINGS%20OFFICIAL%20FEB%2016%202012%20NO%20INDEX.pdf

page 419.

full discussion document for the hearing can be found here...

http://nefmc.org/herring/planamen/draft_a5/public%20hearings/Final.Amendment.5.Public.Hearing.Document.Feb.28.2012.pdf

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OK save the bs and JUST SHOW ME A PIC OF THE RIVER HERRING HITTING THE DECK......thats it....that one simple thing.........lets see the evidence of comm. harvested river herring hitting the deck........

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OK save the bs and JUST SHOW ME A PIC OF THE RIVER HERRING HITTING THE DECK......thats it....that one simple thing.........lets see the evidence of comm. harvested river herring hitting the deck........

 

It could easily be that the lack of such a picture is proof that it occurs a lot , sort of like a "thou dost protest too much."

 

It's not in the fishermen's interest to take such a picture... and there's nobody monitoring said bycatch so...

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OK save the bs and JUST SHOW ME A PIC OF THE RIVER HERRING HITTING THE DECK......thats it....that one simple thing.........lets see the evidence of comm. harvested river herring hitting the deck........

 

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It could easily be that the lack of such a picture is proof that it occurs a lot , sort of like a "thou dost protest too much."

It's not in the fishermen's interest to take such a picture... and there's nobody monitoring said bycatch so...

 

Ok and all those NMFS monitors never saw a thing either.....

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Juist trying to make the point that there is a lot more going on with river herring than the purse seineing......habitat distruction to me is the #1 river herring problem.........

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