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Geoff Diehl on Environment

 

 


Compromise on allowing fishing despite fraud in reporting

South Coast officials and seafood industry interests were stunned by Monday's federal decision to shut down a sector with ties to disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael. The decision stems from the fraud perpetrated by fishing magnate Carlos Rafael, but there's collateral damage involved for people whose jobs are tethered to the harvesting of groundfish.

Republican state Rep. Geoff Diehl spoke up for both "accountability in reporting" and the fishing industry. "It is a tragedy for New Bedford that federal regulators are prohibiting 60 permit holders from fishing until next May," Diehl wrote. "There needs to be a better solution than putting hundreds of New Bedford fishermen out of work as we head into the holiday season. Understanding the need for accountability in reporting within the fishing industry, I believe there should be a compromise allowing the fishing fleet to comply instead of unilaterally shutting them down over the next six months."

Source: State House News Service on 2018 Massachusetts Senate race , Nov 22, 2017

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