NH citizens oppose requiring fishermen to pay cost of monitors - 133 citizens, 240 responses

Sep 15, 2015

New regulations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) will go into effect this fall, requiring fishermen to pay for at-sea monitors that track fishing activity, ensuring that fishermen do not exceed standards. The cost of the monitors was likely to  be around $500 per day. In light of the change, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Should fishermen pay for at-sea monitors?”

A total of 84% of respondents answered the question directly or with a concurrence. Out of these responses, an 96% majority said they would not support requiring fisherman to pay for monitors with only 4% for them. Of the remaining respondents, 13% opted to discuss the subject in broader terms while 3% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 133 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 240 responses. 

Those opposed to the new regulation argued that the cost placed an undue burden on local fishermen. “Haven't we crippled New Hampshire's fishing industry enough?” one commenter wrote. “Cost is too prohibitive and will drive out even more of our fisherman. Let NOAA pay,” another argued. “Why should an already over-taxed NH fishing industry pay out even more just to fish?” one respondent asked. 

Supporters of the change countered that the new monitors were a necessary evil. “If they could be trusted they wouldn't need monitors. But they've proven they can't be trusted, so nobody to blame but themselves,” one commenter wrote. “Regulations are necessary because fishermen are not thinking about the future of the industry,” another respondent argued. 

Those addressing their comments to broader issues debated the future of the fishing industry in general and the current status of fish stocks. “We have already overfished the oceans past the point of no return,” one commenter said. “Many stocks are rebounding or have been rebuilt,” another respondent countered. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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