- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - A federal agency says new fishermen costs have been pushed back a month.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said over the summer that fishermen would have to begin paying about $700 a day for nearly a quarter of their fishing days beginning on Nov. 1. That money would pay for the at-sea monitoring of fishermen, which is currently covered by the agency.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1j2laf6 ) a spokeswoman says the deadline has now been postponed to Dec. 1.

Fishermen have said the costs are too high, as they don’t gross $700 in a single day.

U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, Sen. Kelly Ayotte and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen have spoken out against the costs, saying it’s unfair to force the industry to pay for the monitors.

“If NOAA continues with its plan to burden New Hampshire fishermen with fees of more than $700 per day, this will be the tipping point for many of our few remaining boats,” Shaheen said. “NOAA needs to use the time they’ve gained to reassess this proposal and provide a real solution for our fishermen.”


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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