Federal regulations could kill New England fishing industry

New federal regulations recently enacted are hurting commercial fishing in New England. A way of life that has existed for over 400 years could end if requirements aren’t relaxed.

Vito Giacalone of the Northeastern Seafood Coalition has four sons that work with him in the business. He says the regulations will be an industry killer, wiping out fisheries, heritage and some communities in the area.

“We’ve created a nonsensical, illogical management regime,” Giacalone said. “Since 2004 this fishery has not exceeded the catch limit prescribed by the science. Everyone’s done what they were supposed to do.”

John Bullard, NOAA Northeastern Regional Director, says that federal limits are necessary to protect fish stocks. He admits there will be a lot of pain for fisherman and their families.

The fish stocks are low now, but fisherman say that is due to natural occurrences, and the fish will return with or without the regulations. Al Cottone says he’s lost 90 percent of his normal quotas, and will probably be put out of business.

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