Amendment 8 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan: Swordfish Commercial Permit Concept
As expected HMS sent AP members a copy of the GC proposal today to review before next weeks meetings. It covers all the potential aspects of a new permit.
What's disturbing about this proposal is that it appears the driving factor is to give less fortunate fisherman an opportunity to enter the fishery due to current limited access permits being expensive. Could there be any better way to fck fisherman with historical financial investment other than making their permits worthless. This is why the US can not get fisherman to invest in a fishery that is experiencing increased harvest and market price.
In an attempt to "mitigate" losses to current permit holders, the proposal is to limit a new permit to between 0-6 fish per trip, thus allowing current commercial fisherman a harvest advantage. One has to wonder if they look at their own logbook data and the fact that buoy and commercial daytime vessel's harvest less than 6 fish per trip.
The proposal is to be posted online at HMS: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/Adv...sory_Panel.htm