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News :: Environment
Local Aquatic Ecosystems Threatened By Regulation Changes
15 Sep 2004
Senators in Washington D.C. have been demanding changes to fishing regulations, claiming that they may "permanently and unnecessarily change the face of New England fishing communities." However, the environmental effects are not being considered.
In a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing, Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) told the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service Willian Hogarth that they must allow fishermen to travel to different areas while at sea, without first returning to port.

At the same time, New England's grounfish, including cod, haddock and flounder, have had their populations severely depleted from overfishing, to the point many areas are now closed to fishermen because of the extent to which they have devestated the area.

Having ships return to port allows for better tracking of how many fish are being harvested from where. If a vessel is allowed to harvest fish from several different areas before returning to port, it is difficult to accurately measure how many fish are being taken from which areas.

If these regulations are changed, our delicate marine ecosystems will be further endangered.

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