NEFMC to decide next moves on scallop license allocation leasing in Gloucester Tuesday

The New England Fishery Management Council said it plans to discuss a controversial limited access scallop fisher license allocation leasing plan a...

September 30, 2022
3:34 AM

The New England Fishery Management Council said it plans to discuss a controversial limited access scallop fisher license allocation leasing plan at its September Council Meeting in Gloucester Tuesday. "The leasing discussion is not going to come up before lunch," NEFMC spokeswoman Janice Plante said. "So if they're only there for the leasing discussion, that's in the afternoon." Scallop allocation leasing — the practice of boat owners selling days and tonnage from a fishing license to other vessel owners to harvest in restricted zones — has been at the center of debate in the Port of New Bedford since the NEFMC held two scoping meetings at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on May 11 and May 25 respectively.

Kevin G. Andrade