Current GSSA Efforts

October 9, 2018 — Check out NOAA’s Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog distribution survey with personnel from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS). GSSA is a SCeMFiS partner.



July 12, 2018 — Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 200, the bipartisan Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act, which reauthorizes and modernizes the Magnuson-Stevens Act.


“While GSSA members operating in numerous East Coast fisheries understand that no bill can be perfect, we agree H.R. 200 is a positive step forward toward restoring some badly needed balance to the Act while preserving our conservation success since the 2006 Amendments,” said GSSA executive director Greg DiDomenico.


Read more at Saving Seafood


May 21, 2018 — A growing coalition of industry groups, conservationists, scientists, and other stakeholders are rallying behind a bill that promotes global shark conservation, while protecting responsible U.S. fishermen. The bill, Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act, is undergoing a markup before the Senate Commerce committee on Tuesday, May 22. Similar, bipartisan legislation from Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is under consideration in the House.


Read the full release from the Sustainable Shark Alliance at Saving Seafood


May 10, 2018 — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is asking the federal government for more time to analyze the potential impacts of offshore wind development, specifically on the state’s important commercial fishing industry.


In a letter last week to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Gov. Murphy wrote that the 45 days allotted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for comments on wind development in the New York Bight “is simply not enough time” for New Jersey to conduct the extensive outreach to fishermen it needs. Citing the year of stakeholder outreach conducted by New York, Gov. Murphy requested a 180-day extension of the public comment period.


Read the full story at Saving Seafood


March 15, 2018 — The Garden State Seafood Association supports new legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would ensure all shark products imported into the United States meet the same high ethical and sustainability standards required of American fishermen. The Sustainable Shark Fisheries and Trade Act of 2018, H.R. 5248, is sponsored by Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL), and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).


Read more about this legislation here


January 27, 2017 — In a new letter to President Trump’s transition team, the Garden State Seafood Association joined more than 50 other commercial fishing and seafood entities around the country in advocating for the appointment of Chris Oliver to head NOAA Fisheries. Mr. Oliver is currently head of the North Pacific Fishery Managment Council and has spent his entire career in fisheries management.


See the full letter here

Read the full release here

GSSA In the News

March 29, 2018 — A lawsuit against a national marine monument, started nearly a year ago, is moving forward once more after a U.S. District Court Judge lifted a stay placed on the case.


The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument, established via executive order using the Antiquities Act by President Barack Obama, set aside 4,913 square miles (12,724 square kilometers) of ocean 130 miles (209 kilometers) off the coast of New England. Soon after the monument was established, several fishing groups sued the federal government arguing that the move exceeded the President’s authority.


Read the full story here

April 14, 2017 — On Wednesday, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted 15-4 in opposition to a proposal by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to name the offshore Hudson Canyon a National Marine Sanctuary. The proposal was widely opposed by both commercial and recreational fishermen.


“The proponents of the sanctuary nomination will eventually claim that commercial fishing in the sanctuary is a threat,” said Garden State Seafood Association executive director Greg DiDomenico, who testified in-person at the MAFMC meeting. “They will use the authority under the Sanctuaries Act to address those threats and restrict commercial fishing. In addition, they want to conduct science, and educate and organize a constituent base, all things that they can accomplish without making the Hudson Canyon a sanctuary. It’s that constituent base that they will use later to harm the commercial fishing industry.”


Read the full story here


March 15, 2017 — Today, the Garden State Seafood Association joined with ten other members of the National Coalition for Fishing Communities in signing a letter detailing serious concerns about the impacts of marine monuments on coastal communities and fishermen.


The letter was delivered as part of New Bedford, Mass. Mayor Jon Mitchell’s written testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee at a hearing this morning.


Read the full story here

Read the NCFC letter here


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

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