U.S. Congress Members Write Letter to NOAA on Catch Share Policy

U.S. Congress Members Write Letter to

NOAA on Catch Shares Policy

Eight members of the U.S. Congress wrote a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) on 3 November, 2011. The letter asks that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which is an agency under NOAA, provide better guidance on catch share policy to the country’s Regional Fishery Management Councils (RFMCs).

The letter emphasizes the need for fishing communities to be more involved in fishery decision-making processes and the need to investigate the potential of community associations and other mechanisms in order to retain local jobs and the long fishing heritage that exists within communities.

Read the letter here: Letter to NOAA on catch share policy

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