Monday, March 8, 2010

$10 million funding boost seen as 'buying everyone off'

Lubchenco holds firm on May 1 'catch share' launch $10 million funding boost seen as 'buying everyone off'

By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer

The Obama administration's avowed plan to advance a fishing policy aimed at putting "a significant fraction" of the fishing captains in the northeast groundfishing fleet out of work is on track, according to testimony by captains.

"This is the face of consolidation; no one is going to make it," Gloucester Capt. Al Cattone said of the government's push through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to launch its "catch share" regulatory format here May 1.

"I got nothing; I'll be catching one third of the fish I caught previously," said Capt. Joe Orlando. "Because of the reallocation, we got screwed."

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