Council to sort cod assessment contradictions

By

SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 24, 2012

New England’s largest fishing industry group, the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition, Tuesday cited the case of the disappearing codfish stock as a sign of “a flaw in fishery policy” that makes impossible demands on science in an effort to predict developments in the ocean ecosystem.

And it predicted that, without new flexibility written into it, the Magnuson-Stevens Act’s rebuilding policy “is doomed to fail again and again.”

On the eve of today’s publication in Providence of a peer-reviewed assessment of the inshore cod population by the NOAA Science Center in Woods Hole, the seafood coalition urged the federal fishery management system to halt the normal process of setting what is expected to be an economically devastating catch limit on Gulf of Maine cod based on the pessimistic findings and a rigid legal deadline for restoring the stock to sustainability.

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