Current GSSA Efforts

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


September 27, 2016 — Today Garden State Seafood Association (GSSA) Executive Director Greg DiDomenico is speaking at the New York Times‘ Food for Tomorrow Conference. Mr. DiDomenico will be speaking on a panel addressing the balance between the demand for fish and the sustainability of fisheries. Other notable speakers include US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, television star Martha Stewart, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.


Read the full panel discussion here

Read the full release here


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.

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


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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