We have a spring squid fishery here in Ma.. Commercially most of the squid are caught by draggers,
but there is a small jig fleet as well. The draggers are allowed to fish with very small mesh inside the three mile line for one week April 23'd- May 1'st. This is pretty bad in itself, 10- 40 big boats towing in an area about 3 miles by 1 mile all day for a week, in depths of less than 30'. This year the draggers are trying to get our DMF to let them go another 2 weeks. There are other fishermen that typically and historically fish this same area with hook and line and fish pots, they would be completely displaced, not a good thing. Historically this area had been off limits to small mesh since 1930 until 1990 when some fishermen started doing it illegally and DMF gave in to these same fishermens request to open this area and DMF allowed it conceding , that the closure wasn't enforcible anyway
If you are from Ma. or you are just interested in knowing more let me know, here.
If you are from Ma. and you want to make sure this doesn't get to happen, let the Ma. DMF/MFAC know.
Email them and tell them you are against an extension of the 3 mile closure- firstname.lastname@example.org
Edited by glen, 24 March 2006 - 06:34 PM.