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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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