Dave the guys out of here got them to the east of here by the cove in the spring.Attended yesterdays New England Fisheries Management Council meeting in Danvers. During the morning the chairman let it be knownm that they have recieved many lettters in oppostion of the SERA. The SERA now has a new name DHRA (Dedicated Habitat Research Area). They ran through all of the motions for areas from northern Maine to the Great South Channel, WGOM and Georges. Lots of questions and this led to no vote taking place on any of the Habitat Areas. The can has been kicked down the road until the next meeting in January.
They also mentioned that the recreational exceeded their 2013 Haddock allocation by 300% however don't know where those fish were caught. Sounds kind of fishy to me because with the increase in size for haddock retention I know the boats fishing Stellwagen did not have any banner days on haddock. The Recreational Advisory Panal will be meeting to discuss this and the DHRA issue soon if time permits for a meeting.
The Sanctuary Superintendent stated this research area was important because the recreational sector takes approximately 36% of the GOM cod. Well that means the Commercial sector lands the other 64% and this is what the NEFMC says both sectors are allowed to land based on the hard TACS that have taken place.
We will be asking recreational anglers where ever you fish to help us support defeating this research area because once in it will grow and grow and eventually be the entire sanctuary. Stay tuned for a template and have a good day.