BOSTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry is urging U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to declare a disaster for the Massachusetts fishing industry and raise catch limits that many fishermen claim are too low for them to make a living.

Kerry fired off a letter to Locke on Wednesday, after meeting with the secretary earlier this week.

In January, Locke denied a request from Gov. Deval Patrick for emergency increases in New England catch limits, saying there was no new science to justify such increases. Kerry says the decision should be based on the “best available” information, even if it’s not new.

Kerry also called on Locke to help secure $4 million for a revolving loan fund for small fishermen and to take other steps to rebuild trust in the wake of an inspector general’s report that found abusive enforcement of fishing rules.

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Comments (3)
  1. jaygee says:

    Perhaps our good Senator can propose a “NO FLY ZONE” over Atlantic waters!

  2. Peggy says:

    Fisherpeople have a very hard life on the sea and since Fish is a HEALTHY food- I say yep release lthe laws put on them. I love eating fish!

  3. DStein says:

    So, Kerry doesn’t want the U.S. Commerce Dept. to make the RIGHT decision based on science, he wants them to make the politically expedient decision so he can get some credit. You can always tell when John Kerry is up for reelection, he actually tries to do something….even if he’s wrong.

    Did Kerry ever pay his taxes on his yacht to Massachusetts?

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