New England fishermen warn new regulations could kill off the fishing industry.
Obama’s new catch limit restrictions will force fishermen out of business.
New England fishermen say they’re facing industry collapse because they have been regulated out of business.
The New England Fishery Management Council approved a year-to-year extreme cut of 77 percent on the Gulf of Maine cod limit and 61 percent for Georges Bank cod. These cuts come on top of a pile of other federally regulated reductions, ranging from 10 to 71 percent, on the catch of other bottom-dwelling ground fish species, such as haddock and flounder. New England fisherman says now they’re facing industry collapse because they have been regulated out of business. David Goethel, a New Hampshire fisherman and council member claims “We are headed down the wrong course here, they are decimating the inshore fleet, for no good reason,” NOAA’s top federal fisheries regulator, John Bullard acknowledged the reductions will be devastating to the fishing industry. But said the fish stocks are struggling and the industry’s steady painful decline must be reversed.
Meanwhile, in Maine… Obama is set to kill off the fishing industry in the state to save the already abundant porpoise population. Fisherman say catching a porpoise in their nets is like hitting a deer with your car. There are an estimated 89,700 porpoises thriving in the area. But Barack Obama will force local fishermen to shut down during the crucial fall months to save these animals.
Every New England state supported Barack Obama in the 2012 election.