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What We Heard in Individual Ports

NOAA Fisheries Service’s new Northeast Regional Administrator, John Bullard, held a series of public meetings around the region.  His goal was to learn more from fishermen, scientists, environmentalists, seafood dealers and processors, the aquaculture industry and other members of the interested public about not only the challenges they are facing, but also what success looks like. Here are some of the specific comments made by stakeholders during each of the listening sessions:

Public Comments: Surf City, NJ

August 16, 2012

What would success look like related to fisheries in the Northeast Region?

Public Comments: Boston, MA 

Seafood Dealers and Processors Meeting

August 22, 2012

Public Comments: Gloucester, MA

August 21, 2012

 Public Comments Scituate, MA

August 24, 2012

Public Comments: Portland, ME

August 28, 2012

Public Comments: Ellsworth, ME

August 30, 2012

Public Comments: Point Judith, RI

September 10, 2012

This listening session was hosted by Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Science Issues

Disaster Funds

Fishery Management Issues

Other Issues

Public Comments: Portsmouth, NH

September 12, 2012

Pending Closure to Protect Harbor Porpoise

 Public Comments: New Bedford, MA

September 18, 2012

Problems with the Science

Closed Area Access

Catch Shares

Problems with Minimum Size Differences between US/CA

Gillnet Closure to Protect Harbor Porpoise

Dockside monitoring/Observers

Opportunity for Young People to get into Fishing

Public Comments: East Setauket, NY - Marine Resources Advisory Council Meeting

September 18, 2012

Ideas/Proposals

Concerns/Issues 

Public Comments:  Chatham, MA

October 4, 2012

Public Comments:  Manteo, NC

February 11, 2013

Public Comments: Hampton Rhodes, VA

February 12, 2013