01/07/2011 - The U.S. commerce secretary Friday denied a request by the governor of Massachusetts for emergency increases in New England's fish catch limits, saying there's no new science to justify them.
Secretary Gary Locke had said in October he was open to ordering increases, but needed evidence to support it.
But Peter Baker of the Pew Environment Group said Patrick had essentially asked Locke to take more risks with the future of the fishery in exchange for more revenue this year, and Locke had rightly backed the multiyear process that set the catch limits at their current level.
"I think it showed great determination by the secretary of commerce to stand by the established public process instead of caving to political pressure," Baker said.
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