R.I. Senate wants rep on mid-Atlantic council
The state Senate has passed a resolution urging Congress to allow Rhode Island representation on the Mid-Atlantic Marine Fisheries Council.
The bill aims to assist Rhode Island in eliminating some of the challenges facing its fishing community. This resolution requests the Rhode Island Congressional delegation to work with U.S. Sen. Jack Reed to secure votes on the council to fairly reflect the state’s presence in the fishing industry.
The council is charged with making policy recommendations to the secretary of commerce through the National Marine Fisheries Service.
States with voting representation on the council include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
The panel manages fisheries in federal waters, including Atlantic mackerel, squid and butterfish fisheries. Rhode Island lands significant percentages of those fisheries, with 18 percent of total landings for Atlantic mackerel, 38 percent of total landings for ilex squid, 48 percent of total landings for butterfish, and 54 percent of total landings for loligo squid.
Currently, Rhode Island has no representation on the council.