GOM rec fisherman have taken the lions share of rec cod restrictions (winter closed season, 24 inch length and ten fish limit) while areas
to the south fish no limits all winter long. The panel appears dominated by charter- party and commercial fisherman who didn't see fit to recommend the same restrictions on the areas that they fish.
I personally don't have a problem with the ten fish limit or the 24 inch length but it really should be a consistant everywhere. Recommending shutting down the very limited winter rec codfishing in the GOM seems like a back room deal.
Recreational Fishing Advisory Panel
Bud Brown, Georgetown, ME Joseph Huckemeyer, Hyannis, MA
Charles Trent Casella, Georgetown, MA Ed Nowak, Needham, MA
George Costello, Falmouth, MA Michael Plaia, Exeter, RI
Tom DePersia, Marshfield Hills, MA Michael Sosik, Jr., Sturbridge, MA
Anthony DiLernia, Fresh Meadows, NY Jonathan Sterritt, Newton, NH
Barry Gibson (Chair), East Boothbay, ME Donald L. Swanson, Derry, NH
Sounds like a mouthful of sour grapes there. So becuase you have to suffer then everyone should suffer, is that the idea? The reason why we didn't recommend any change in the SNE area limits and sizes is because the council didn't ask us to. The council told us that we had to impose limits that would restrict the catch in the GOM only So you want us to restrict the catch everywhere else just to "share the pain"? Sounds like a beggar thy neighbor strategy to me.