News release: "Today, we are releasing phase one of an independent assessment of the fishery management system in New England that I requested last year. This review was initiated last fall following a recommendation by John Pappalardo, the chairman of the New England Fishery Management Council. We welcomed the proposal as a timely opportunity to improve important aspects of the fishery management process in the region. The review conducted by Touchstone Consulting Group and under the leadership of Preston Pate, included interviews with 179 fishermen, other industry participants, local government officials, academic institution partners, members of fishery management councils, and NOAA regional and science center staff. The phase one report offers findings and recommendations based on those interviews...the report identified numerous challenges impeding further progress. Those challenges formed the basis for a series of phase one recommendations. We are making progress ending overfishing and rebuilding stocks around the nation. And we are turning a corner in New England as we see important fish stocks rebounding, catch limits being raised for the new fishing year and fishermen taking greater control over their businesses. This management report will help us make improvements to better assist fishermen across the region during this time of economic challenge and transition."
- Executive Summary - New England Fishery Management Review and Recommendations: Phase I (pdf)
- Full report - New England Fishery Management Review and Recommendations: Phase I (pdf)
- Overview presentation (pdf)