Gloucester Times: NOAA set to cover cost of monitors
February 24, 2014
NOAA officials say that the federal fisheries agency will once again cover the cost of the mandated onboard fishing monitors who have been a part of many fishermen's traveling parties out of Gloucester and other Northeast ports since 2010.
The announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service came at the recommendation of the New England Fishery Management Council, and after a renewed push by a Massachusetts' congressional delegation.
"This announcement is good news for Massachusetts' hardworking fishermen," said U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who pushed for just a cost coverage plan in a meeting a week earlier with Acting NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan.
"Our fishing families are already facing tough times, and they should not be forced to bear the additional burden of at-sea monitoring costs," Warren added. "I am pleased NOAA will continue to pay for monitoring next year, and I will keep working with my colleagues in the Massachusetts delegation to make sure our fishermen receive the support and assistance they need."
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