Plan will allow Massachusetts fishermen to start fishing again soon


Washington (July 19, 2018) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today commended the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) final ruling on Carlos Rafael vessels, allowing for approval for lease-only operation plans for Sector IX and allocated quota for Sector VII.


“NOAA’s actions mean that our impacted New Bedford fishermen will be able to get back in the water,” said Senator Markey. “I am glad that fishing sectors IX and VII finally have a path forward to restore the important balance between sustainable fishing and fishermen’s livelihoods. I will continue to monitor this situation to ensure continued progress and a fair resolution so we can ensure that our Massachusetts fishermen and fishing-related businesses thrive.”