Shrinking The Fleet

A16, Banks & Buyouts

by Laurie Schreiber

Captain Terrance Wallace, Sr. and his wife, Trina with their sons from left, Travis, Lucas, and Terrance Jr. at the DC rally on Feb. 24. Captain Wallace’s dragger is homeported at Montauk, N.J. The Wallaces are the poster family for thousands around the nation faced with the draconian measures in Amendment 16. Observers predict A16 will fail the fishermen, the resource, and the nation. ©Photo by Sam Murfitt

As the groundfish industry crosses the threshold to sector management, many in the industry, along with managers and scientists, predict that a lot of fishermen will be looking to sell their permits and get out of the fishery altogether.

“Considerable consolidation is predicted to happen over the next couple of years,” said New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) groundfish analyst Tom Nies.

As a result, the NEFMC sometime this year will look at the possibility of requesting Congressional funding for a permit buyout program, said Anne Hawkins, another groundfish analyst. She was speaking to a sizeable crowd of fishermen and other interested parties March 6 at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockport.


Bill Crowe

Scholarship Fund

Accepting Applications




Undergraduates attending a two- or four-year college who are in at least the second year of their program or students who are in at least the second semester of their Certificate Program will be eligible.

Applications will be accepted through April 25.


Scholarships will be awarded by a random drawing.


Write or email for application form to:

The Bill Crowe Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 253,
Gouldsboro, ME 04607






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