Representative Barney Frank, a
Democrat of Newton, has long made it a major focus for his district, which
includes the key fishing area of
The meeting was held with Gary
Locke, the secretary of the Department of Commerce, and Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Among those from
Brown said this morning that the
"They’re talking about kind of moseying along getting these things done," he said "And meanwhile, people are losing their homes, they’re losing their boats."
Under new regulations, fishermen have been divided into groups and must work together to manage their overall catch allowances of groundfish. The system is intended to protect stocks with rigid catch limits, but fishermen have said the regulations could allow large companies to seize most of the shares.
Catch limits for certain fish
stocks have been greatly reduced, and congressional members are asking the
administration to review those limits and consider raising them again.
"We urged the secretary to recognize the negative economic impact of the new catch-share limits and immediately provide local fisheries with more flexibility," Tierney, who earlier this year spearheaded the first congressional hearing on NOAA issues in Gloucester, said this afternoon in a statement.
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