Here is the sample letter again, the only major difference is that this is a new comment period, as NMFS published the Proposed Rule yesterday, and I have updated the contact info. If you sent one before simply send it to the new contact info with the minor changes I made to the first and last paragraphs.
My name is .............., I am a ............... (recreational tuna fishermen, for example), out of .............. . I am writing to show my very strong support for the timely implementation of Amendment 1 to the Herring Fishery Management Plan, as published recently by NMFS in the Proposed Rule (PR).
Amendment 1, which includes the Purse Seine/Fixed Gear Only Zone (PS/FG Zone), would be a crucial step towards the sustainable management of the herring fishery. This fishery has decimated the inshore herring resource and Amendment 1 is absolutely vital if we intend to have a healthy herring resource in the future.
As a .......... fisherman, I have seen the devastating effects of this trawler fleet and it has been very disturbing. Herring are the backbone of inshore ecosystem and it shouldnt surprise anyone to see that a major trawler fishery for herring has brought the entire ecosystem to its knees.
The tuna, whales and other migratory species that come here solely to eat no longer come and stay like they once did. These animals travel thousands of miles to come here for one thing and one thing only: to eat. Is it any wonder than that when a trawler fishery is able to remove the crucial forage the whales and tuna come here for that less tuna and whales will come and stay?
Furthermore, how is it that so much has been done, and so many have sacrificed, to allow groundfish to rebuild, and yet these trawlers are given a free pass to fish in closed areas, on or near bottom, and with smaller mesh than anywhere in the world? Not only is the bycatch of cod and other groundfish going to halt the rebuilding process, but the removal of the herring that these stocks need to rebuild is also going to help ensure the rebuilding never succeeds. The way this trawler fleet has been managed has made a mockery of the groundfish rebuilding efforts.
There is so much I would like to say but the bottom line is that if Amendment 1 to the Herring FMP (as published in the PR) is not put in place by next summer, it will likeley be too late. This trawler fishery has ruined the inshore Gulf of Maine and surrounding areas, and it will continue to devastate the inshore ecosystem, and the coastal communities that rely on it. Please implement this Amendment as soon as possible.
Thanks for your time,
• Mail to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional
Administrator, NMFS, Northeast
Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside
of the envelope ‘‘Comments Herring
• Fax to Patricia A. Kurkul (978) 281–
• E-mail to the following address:
. Include in the
subject line of the e-mail comment the
following document identifier:
• Electronically through the Federal
e-Rulemaking portal: http://