National Fisherman

The article discusses whether the New England Fishery Management Council’s decision to close the Georges Bank areas has made recovery of New England groundfish and scallops possible or taken part of the New England fishing fleet’s demise. The authors suggest that either way, the closed areas have become an entrenched part of the fishery management landscape. The article debates the justification and purpose for these closed areas’ continued existence, and whether this debate has ramifications beyond New England.