$3 Million Grant To Monitor Catch For NH Fishermen

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Roger Wood Indepth

Roger Wood Indepth

One New Hampshire fisherman is doubtful that a $3 million dollar federal grant will actually help the industry.  The U.S. Senate, at the urging of New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, set aside the money to pay for cameras and recording devices placed in fishing boats.

They are intended to measure the catch and whether fishermen are taking the regulated daily limit.  Roger Wood spoke to David Goethel, a Hampton fisherman and marine biologist, about the new funds.

For her part, Sen. Shaheen said in a news release that the $700 per day cost of monitoring would have been a crippling blow to a community that is already fighting for survival.  She called electronic monitoring a measure that “has the potential to provide a less costly way forward for many of our fishermen, and I’m very pleased funding will be available for implementing these new systems.”

For InDepthNH.org I’m Roger Wood