Current GSSA Efforts

June 23, 2016 — In a release today, the Garden State Seafood Association reiterated its strong opposition to the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016. This legislation would likely result in shark fins being needlessly wasted, while failing to add any discernible conservation benefit. The GSSA also emphasized the status of current law, which already prohibits shark finning.

 

Read the full release here.


June 2, 2016 — As House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) visits New Bedford, the National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC) released a statement of eight major fishing groups officially backing the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Comission’s (ASMFC) passage of a motion opposing current proposals for a new marine monument off the coast of New England. As a leading member of the NCFC, GSSA participated in this statement and stands firmly behind the efforts of the NCFC.

 

Read the full statement at Saving Seafood.


Greg DiDomenico, Executive Director of the Garden State Seafood Association, released a statement supporting an ASMFC motion that called for the president not to declare a marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean:

 

Read the statement here

 

Read more about the ASMFC’s decision at Saving Seafood

GSSA In the News

August 9, 2016 — Last Friday, Sen. Cory Booker visited GSSA member Lund’s Fisheries in Cape May, N.J.

 

“It is encouraging that Senator Booker is interested in the commercial fishing community in New Jersey,” said Wayne Reichle, Lund’s Fisheries VP.

 

Booker visit


 

August 2, 2016 – Dan Radel of the Asbury Park Press writes about the possibility of increasing the coastwide Atlantic menhaden catch. Projections by ASMFC fisheries scientists show the current menhaden stock can support a substantially increased quota.

 

“We’re focused on the science. If the science supports an increase, we want to take it,” said Jeff Kaelin from Lunds Fisheries, a commercial fishing operation in Cape May.

 

Read the full story here

 

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