New England fishermen blast new catch limits
Federal policies destroying industry?
- Duration 3:36
- Date Feb 21, 2013
Federal policies destroying industry?
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Regulation nation listen to this folks.
New England fisherman are fighting for their livelihood because the federal government.
He's about to limit just how many fish they can catch starting on May the first new restrictions will be put in place and now.
Almost 200 fishermen urging congress to rethink the impending catch limits that they say will destroy America's small fishing industry -- This is the president of the northeast -- section three.
He is one of the many fisherman speaking out majors as -- from Massachusetts Richard -- Good morning okay so explain this us last year the federal government declared.
-- your business a disaster.
Yes they did.
We variability caused stocks since 1992.
And this year the research vessel that the fisheries service owns -- Henry Bigelow could not catch any cod fish.
It's happened in the past they -- seminary is a -- leave this region and they come back.
-- they could come back tomorrow we never know but that's what's taken place that they can't catch -- and he caught fish.
And so the us secretary of commerce declared this fishery -- disaster.
Okay -- so now this is what the -- federal government is proposing we've got a graphic we're gonna show folks.
They are proposing.
Reduction in the cod.
That you are able to fish and also a 60% reduction of flounder if that were to go through Richard what would -- your business.
The entire -- between the gulf of -- and Georges bank whether it's big boats or small most of entirely put out of business you might find a couple of large vessels that.
Would be able to purchase just like the Wall Street street billion purchase everybody everybody's quota and stay in business but essentially is -- -- eliminate the small boat fishery forever.
Okay now here's here's the thing and and you know this but apparently the federal government does not you just explained how last year they -- fishing boat they couldn't find any cod.
Explain for our best viewing audience right now if you would Richard what happens.
With cod every couple years for some unexplained and unknown reason.
Caught communities why does not only -- -- but it to a feed on are certain feed -- a sand Lance this year there's been no sand Lance in this region.
And for some reason the car officials left where they go where they go to the mid Atlantic -- and Iceland Norway we have knowing deer in the science can't tell us that.
The science is very sketchy to start with.
It's happened before and we have where positive the -- -- should come back when they come back.
The entire fleet will be tied to the docs in the people of this country you'll just be purchasing fish from other countries as they do now.
Well that's crazy when we got a great -- up in New England that we could be by Richard ultimately what do you want to see happen.
I would like to see right now the congressman that have been pushing for disaster relief which we we -- presented if they do a fantastic job we'd like to see President Obama.
Step in and help this northeast region with disaster relief immediately.
Because we've got we've got men now that have not had paychecks and in in months.
And -- this new regime for this new management -- study may first.
We're going to be totally out of business he entire industry and your message to the federal government is you have not over -- The -- it simply gone elsewhere they've been doing this.
For a very very long time.
Exactly the competition vanished in which I said they did they had before the flounders a catch rates are going up the fondest stocks increasing.
And they still giving -- 60% reduction -- father started.
Which is Muslim is devastating every every sector of -- business all right Richard Burgess the president northeast fishery sector three.
Richard thank you very much and field.