Jul 14, 2015 6:21 PM

Federal restrictions could cost commercial NH fishermen big money


RYE – Groundfishermen under tight federal regulations are preparing to pay money out of pocket for at-sea monitors who go out on fishing charters to look over their catch.

Federal restrictions have increased over the past few years for those catching groundfish, which includes cod, flounder and haddock.

Officials said there was a decline and time was needed to keep fish at a healthy stock.

For each groundfishing trip, fishermen must get federal approval, at times a person is assigned to accompany the trip to monitor fishing practices.

The federal government spends about $710 dollars each time an at-sea monitor boards a boat, said Teri Frady, a spokesperson for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

It was known that eventually that cost would eventually be paid for by fishermen, but due to economic hardships, it’s been covered by federal funding, Frady said.

That funding is set to expire by August of 2015.

“I mean if we were forced to do it {pay for monitors} we’d have to do something different, we’d have to do a different business,” said commercial fisherman Peter Phillips.


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