Fishermen See Hope in Dividing Quotas

Publication: Cape Cod Times

Author: Sarah Shemkus

05/07/2009 - In 2006, a group of Cape Cod fishermen got together and determined that the complex system of regulations that govern their industry just wasn't working.

"We agreed it was failing dramatically," West Yarmouth fisherman Bob St. Pierre said.

The current rules, advocates say, make fishing more difficult for those doing it without achieving the intended goal of replenishing fish stocks in the waters off New England.


Now, as fishermen and environmental activists alike worry about the dangers of overfishing, a system based on sectors could be a valuable step towards preserving New England's fisheries, according to a report released yesterday by the Pew Environment Group.

Read the full article Fishermen See Hope in Dividing Quotas on Cape Cod Times' Web site.

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