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

May 12, 2016 — The Wall Street Journal examines how warming waters are affecting Atlantic fishermen. Northward migration has forced Lund’s Fisheries to catch summer flounder in New Jersey and then travel to North Carolina to bring them to shore. Federal authorities like the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council are beginning a comprehensive review to better manage the species.


“We are looking toward the mid-Atlantic council to make adjustments to rules and regulations to benefit us,” said Greg DiDomenico, GSSA executive director. “We are not looking to disadvantage anybody, but we need this addressed.”


Read the full story here

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As you have said these types of petitions undermine meaningful conservation efforts and productive dialogue. 
Garden State Seafood  @GSSANJ
Finally an acknoweldgemnt that re allocation goes both ways.