05/30/2010 - An Oregon-based environmental group called Ecotrust is coming to New England next week to learn what effects catch shares and sector management are having on the regional fishing industry.
Six members of the Ecotrust's 10-member panel will meet in Boston June 1 to hear from six "regional presenters" — none of whom directly represent New Bedford or Gloucester. The meeting, according to Ecotrust spokeswoman Megan Mackey, will not be open to the public.
Ecotrust, which receives some of its funding from the Pew Charitable Trust, indicates it takes a dim view of catch shares, which it terms "privatizing" the fishery and "selling it to the highest bidder."
Read the full article, West Coast Group, Opposed to Catch Shares, Wants New England View of Fishery Management, on the South Coast Today Web site.