New England’s recently initiated sector fishing plan will help prevent overfishing and rebuild fish populations while giving fishermen the flexibility to reap market benefits. It deserves time to work. In order to help sectors succeed, our campaign is working to make sure that the National Marine Fisheries Service does the following:
Reduce the time between when new scientific data is acquired and when it is incorporated in setting catch limits. Fishery managers need to base decisions on the most current numbers, in order to reduce bycatch, end overfishing and rebuild depleted stocks.