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June 28, 2013

Letter: Pew's 'overfishing' mantra doesn't make it true

To the editor:

Dr. John Crawford (Letters, the Times, Friday, June 20) seems to have a short memory; and he is banking on other people having an equally short memory as well.

In his letter, he maintains that “Our region remains home to many of the nation’s severely depleted stocks, the result of management that has allowed decades of chronic overfishing.”

Dr. Crawford is an officer of The Pew Charitable Trusts. He automatically repeats the Pew mantra that fishermen have been engaged in overfishing, hence they now have to pay for a resultant depletion of the stocks.

I remember that for many years fishermen were allowed and did indeed catch a punitive quota of only 400 pounds of cod per day. Was that overfishing?

Dr. Crawford does not even care to prove that cod is overfished. He does not even care to acknowledge that fishermen do not find that cod is overfished.

Why does he do that?

CARMINE GORGA

Middle Street, Gloucester

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