Tumult in region’s fishing industry

CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY: Joel Hovanesian, 52, owner and captain of the Excalibur, says that the fishing industry is getting forced into sectors, though most fishermen are opposed. /
CAPTAIN OF INDUSTRY: Joel Hovanesian, 52, owner and captain of the Excalibur, says that the fishing industry is getting forced into sectors, though most fishermen are opposed. /
Commercial fishing has a history of independence, cracked hands on the twine and the endless horizon. But by Sept. 1, roughly 650 groundfish permit-holders, mostly in New England, face a big decision: remain independent or join their fellow fishermen in a new cooperative arrangement known as a sector. Despite the romantic notion of the independent…

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  1. i live and fish in nj and we are all against this sector system. i fished for flounders for 25 years and undrer this sector system i wont fish at all. i used to have 60 a days and now we wont have anything to do. this is creating a monopoly, if you have a fat wattet you will go fishing if not to bad. the sector managers are going to decide who is in and whos out. this is a bad system for all of us. in nj we have noone on the counsil and we were not informed of this until it was a done deal. i will be glad to join in any law suits as would a lot of other fishermen from montauk to cape may nj. again we think this is designed to eliminate the mom and pop operations and make a smal;l group of people from the ne coalition rich while the majority starve, roy diehl belford nj

  2. NJ you are right on we are talking to lawyers right now the only fishermen that like sectors are those being paid by eviro group to sell this bull to the rest of the fleet in PJ we have three whores who have been thaking money from EDF and having been tell everyone the sectors will save them its not looking that way now I guess it depends who is getting greased.

  3. Hey roy from NJ. Spread the word that Brian is right, there are actions in motion right now that will be affording everyone from Maine to the Carolinas and then some, to join a new membership group to be represented by a very large and reputable Law Firm. Without giving too much away, I am currently in the know to tell you just that. The group that I have been speaking with is taking this a whole new approach to hire the biggest baddest Litigation Firm that they could find to take as anti-sector allocation lawsuit. The PBN has hit this on the head, it has completely given high political figures a monopoly on the fishing industry. Fish are a Public Resource and how the EDF and PEW managed to get it into a commodity without Congressional Approval and without the public’s knowledge is beyond me. But hang in ther guys, We are not going to go lightly into that good night. If it is with every last breath that I have, I will be damned if this Industry goes down without a fight. You tell your boys in NY and NJ to be on the lookout for an ad requesting donations for this lawsuit. It will be under a new Non-Profit Fisherman’s Fund and it will solely be for the purpose of the suit and it will be representing all who are being forced into sectors who don’t want to join into the genocide.