February 11, 2019 – GSSA supports bipartisan legislation from Congressman Jeff Van Drew and Congressman John Rutherford to prohibit seismic air gun testing in the Atlantic Ocean, which poses a direct threat to coastal economies.
“Our local economy is dependent on fishing, tourism and wildlife watching – the bottom line is offshore oil and gas drilling isn’t worth the risk,”said Congressman Van Drew.
January 31, 2019 – A new bill introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Daniel Webster advances global shark conservation by requiring imported shark and ray products to meet the same high sustainability standards required of American fishermen.
“Supporting sensible shark conservation measures, like Rep. Webster’s, should be a common goal of the commercial and recreational fishing communities,”said GSSA director Greg DiDomenico.
January 23, 2019 – The Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) has been awarded a new Phase 2 grant by the National Science Foundation to continue its work.
“Fisheries management is only as good as the science it’s based on,”said GSSA’s Greg DiDomenico, a member of SCeMFiS’Industry Advisory Board. “That’s why it’s so important for the fishing industry to maintain its partnership with SCeMFiS.”
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.
December 18, 2018 – Greg DiDomenico, executive director of the Garden State Seafood Association, lamented that the time and energy directed toward [Sen. Roger] Wicker’s [Modern Fish Act] in the Senate could have been better used for discussing a Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization. If Wicker’s bill becomes law, the best outcome might be that the public gets a truer sense of the impact the recreational industry has on Southeastern fisheries.
“This does not get us the real reform that both industries need,” DiDomenico told SeafoodSource.
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.
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.”
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.